We Are the Light
Tuesday night, December 12th, begins the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. The Gospel of John informs us that Jesus was in Jerusalem during the Feast of Dedication (John 10:22-23). Like His fellow Jews, Jesus would have participated in remembering the re-dedication of the Second Temple in 165 B.C.E. The Maccabean Revolt reclaimed Jerusalem and the Temple from the Seleucid Greeks. Because the Temple had been defiled, the Jews were eager to cleanse the Temple. What happened at Hanukkah was a miracle from God. The menorah was lit with only a one day supply of oil and the flame burned for eight days, which was enough time for a new supply to be purified.
As Christians, we can learn a lot from Hanukkah. If we give our little portion of oil, God will cause it to multiply. Our job is to start the flame and then believe for a miraculous flow of the Holy Spirit to sustain us. Matthew 5:14-16 tells us that as believers in Christ we are the light and to let our light shine so that God is glorified. But notice it never tells us to worry that we will run out of oil, even when we don’t think we have enough to last more than a day. Let us be the light as Christ told us and believe that God will provide the supply we need to keep the anointing flowing.