So, what is Hanukkah all about?
Excerpt from Sam’s book entitled “Messianic Wisdom”.
Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Temple in 165 B.C. in Jerusalem. After the temple had been desecrated by the Syrian invaders, the Maccabee family led the Jewish revolt, recapturing, cleansing, and rededicating the temple for holy worship. This holiday is mentioned only in John 10:22, 23, where Messiah celebrated Hanukkah in Jerusalem. In truth, Messiah is the greater Maccabee who in His death rededicated the present spiritual Temple of God—all believers in Him.
Today Hanukkah is an eight-day festival, and is celebrated with the lighting of the Hanukkiah, which is a nine-candle menorah. As we light the candles during this time, we remember the light of the menorah in the Temple, which pictures Messiah. He is the light of Israel, and the light of the world! Hanukkah also reminds us that as God used the Maccabees to rededicate the Temple, our bodies are the temple of the Ruach HaKodesh [Holy Spirit], and we need to rededicate ourselves to the Lord. For only a dedicated Temple is blessed by God.