Hanukkah celebrates the miraculous victory of the Maccabees, a band of devout Jews, over the powerful Greek army in 166 BC. The celebration is also called the “Festival of Lights” because the Maccabees rededicated the Temple and lit the golden lampstand there which is supposed to burn continually. During this time of darkness and war in Israel today, we celebrate because the light is still shining, and it’s getting brighter!
Today our physical enemy, Hamas, is not the most powerful army in the world like the Greeks were, but it is one of the most evil, sadistic and deceitful. In addition to Hamas, Israel is also facing another evil enemy: emboldened antisemitism that is coming from the liberal, progressive spirit of the world.
Sadly, within a generation after the Maccabees defeated the Greeks, they had themselves become power-hungry and adopted Greek culture alongside their worship of God. It is not surprising that about a hundred years later, Messiah would be born who is the answer for our constant struggle with the darkness of the world: being born again within so we can shine His light without.
At Tiferet Yeshua, we are shining the light of God’s love and the brightness of His salvation in the darkness. God is moving in Israel and using this present crisis to draw people to Him.