Through another miracle, the birth of Jesus, God sent His Messiah to live among us as Emmanuel, “God with us.” During His ministry, Yeshua (Jesus) proclaimed that He is the Light of the World (John 8:12).
Into a world darkened by evil, Jesus came to shine God’s light and show us the Father. What humility he had, to be born a baby, grow up and live among sinful humanity. His coming brought us bright hope for our desperate condition as sinners separated from God. Through Him, Believers have fellowship with God and the sure promise of eternal life.
On this second night of Chanukah, we rejoice in the miracle of Chanukah light and the Light of the World. We thank God that He has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light in Jesus (1 Peter 2:9).
Messianic Jewish Chanukah Blessings
Place two candles in the Chanukah lampstand tonight, setting them in the holders from right to left. As you light the Shamash, recite the Messianic Jewish Chanukah blessings:
Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with Your commandments and has given us Yeshua the Messiah, the Light of the World.
Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe, who has performed miracles for our ancestors in those days at this time.
Using the Shamash, or Servant Candle, light the Chanukah candles in the opposite direction from which you placed them in the holders. Light them from left to right. Return the Shamash to its place. Let the candles go out on their own, and they should burn for a least half an hour.
“Yeshua spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. The one who follows Me will no longer walk in darkness but will have the light of life’” (John 8:12).
“Now this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you – that God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).
Father, thank You for sending Your Son as the Light of the World. What a gift that we can know Your love for us and walk in a personal relationship with You because Jesus was born and died to deliver us from sin. Lord, You are so good. You are love, and You are light. Thank You for saving us and bringing us near to You in forgiveness. May You reveal Yourself to us more each day as we seek You with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.