Today is both Christmas and Hanukkah. We celebrate Christmas to acknowledge that God came to earth in human form. He became a man.
Most of us know the birth narrative but you may not know Christ’s relationship to Hanukkah. Hanukkah and Christmas have much in common. In fact, Christ celebrated Hanukkah. It was on this day he asserted his deity – that the child whose birth we celebrate on Christmas was indeed God in the flesh..
At that time the Feast of the Dedication [Hanukkah] took place at Jerusalem; it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon. The Jews then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, “How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me. “But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. “I and the Father are one.” John 10:22-30 (NASB)
Christ revealed himself as God’s plan of salvation and he did it through the festivals on the Jewish calendar. Today, both Jewish and Gregorian calendars align and agree on celebrating both the birth and the declaration of Jesus as deity incarnate.
Have a Merry Christmas.