Yeshua is the Light
Given By: "Glenn D. Blank" On Saturday, December 24, 2011

Yeshua is the light of the world. V'eemru? (And let us say?)?In the winter time, when the days are short and darkness seems to be pressing in on us, whether physical or spiritual, we have a choice: we can focus on the darkness, encroaching and tempting us to fear or worry and thus become darker within ourselves, or we can focus on the light of Messiah,?which drives back the darkness.  We can pray with confidence, meditate in the truth of His word and allow His love for us to manifest in our love for others, brightly and warmly. V'eemru?

During the time of the Second Temple, both Sukkot and Chanukah were festivals of light.

According to the Mishna, during Sukkot "there were four golden menorahs with four golden bowls at the top of each. Four young strong cohanim would climb with pitchers each holding four liters of oil, which they would pour into the bowls.. When they lit the menorahs, there was not a courtyard in Jerusalem that was not lit up by the light of the festivities.  Pious men would dance around the menorahs with lit torches, signing songs and praises.." It must have been quite a sight!

We have our fireworks. On the last day of Sukkot, Yeshua announced, in John 8:12, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

What kind of light was Yeshua talking about?

Not the light of the physical menorah, but the light that fills our souls.

It is the light of truth that shines in the Word of God: Yeshua is the Word made flesh.  Yeshua is ?the word of light, who was with God in the beginning.  Yeshua is the light of men. V'eemru?

In John 9, Yeshua said again, "I am the light of the world," and then gave sight to a blind man.

A great miracle happened there!  Nes gadol haya sham!

But Yeshua also wants to give sight to those who are spiritually blind.

At Chanukah time, when Yeshua was in the Temple, some other Jews challenged him again: ?"If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly!"

In John 10:25, he responded, "I did tell you, but you don't believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me."  Remember the miracles!

There are four letters on Chanukah dreydels-Nun, Gimel, Het, Shin.  What do they stand for? ?Nes gadol haya sham (po)! A great miracle happened there! Yeshua is the Messiah! He is the light!?If relighting of the great menorah in the Temple was a miracle, how much greater the miracle of relighting our eyes?   How much greater is the light of Yeshua than the darkness?

Yeshua also said, in his Sermon on the Mount, "You are the light of the world."

Yeshua is the Shamash, the servant candle: it is lit first, then comes down to light all the others.?We are the other candles who receive his light. And we shine still more brightly, together. V'eemru?

Yeshua is the light of love. Yeshua has manifested the love of God by becoming a servant to us,?suffering so much in the darkness, so that we might receive the light of His love.  Do you receive it??Do you welcome the love of Yeshua into your hearts??Then let the light of His love shine in our hearts, and in our servant-hearted love to one another.

The lights represent our love. V'eemru?  And He commissioned us to carry His light into the world.

If you hide light of a candle under a bushel or a basket, what happens to it?  It goes out.

If you want the light of Messiah to keep burning, it needs to be out in the open, getting air time.

So we pray that Hashem would open eyes of our hearts to the light of Messiah. and others eyes, too.

1 Corinthians 4:6. "For the same God who once said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has made his light ?shine in our hearts, the light of the knowledge of God's glory shining in the face of the Messiah Yeshua.".

Let's take this time to pray for other people to see the light of Messiah, in His word, and in us.