In December the world celebrated two different but linked holidays- Christmas and Hanukkah.
The traditional date of Christmas, based on the solar Gregorian calendar, is always December 25. But since the feasts of the Lord are according to the lunar calendar, the date of Hanukkah always changes.
For the rest of the month, we will focus our attention on these two holidays.
So what is the connection between Hanukkah and Christmas? Well the villain of the Hanukkah story is the Emperor Antiochus who thought he was god in the flesh. But the hero of the Christmas story is Yeshua (Jesus) who WAS God in the flesh!
God becoming a man and yet remaining God is the single most important event of history, especially to Israel. Thus for the next two weeks we will focus on some of the passages in the Hebrew Bible that foretold of the Messiah of Israel – completely God and completely a man.
When using the Bible to “make the case” for Jesus being the Messiah of Israel, we must first acknowledge the statistical reliability of our presentation.
Taken separately any verse could be used to argue against Jesus. However when taken as a whole, the possibility of any person fulfilling only 7 Messianic prophesies is 1036 or 10 followed by 36 zeroes.
Yet Jesus fulfilled more than 7, He fulfilled hundreds. When seen by faith-opened eyes and honest hearts, almost any verse in the Bible can be applied to Jesus.
John 1:1-2, 14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
God’s only begotten Son, yet born of a woman as a human child!