The Maccabees faced overwhelming odds. But they could no longer endure the weight of a defiled Temple, forced idol worship and violent persecution from the empire ruling them.
They’d had enough. It was time for their freedom. And God gave them victory over their oppressors.
Galatians tells us that when the time was right, “God sent out His Son, born of a woman and born under law, to free those under law so we might receive adoption as sons. So you are no longer a slave but a son – and if a son, also an heir through God” (Galatians 4:4-5, 7).
When Yeshua laid down His life on the tree, He won victory over sin and death – for us. With His death and resurrection, He bought our freedom and gave us new life.
On this third night of Chanukah, we recognize Yeshua’s triumph on our behalf and thank Him for His love and grace toward us. He is faithful to give us victory every day over the battles we face.
Messianic Jewish Chanukah Blessings
Place three candles in the chanukiah tonight, setting them in the holders from right to left. As you light the Servant Candle (Shamash), recite the 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 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.
“But thanks be to God, who keeps giving us the victory through our Lord Yeshua Messiah!” (1 Corinthians 15:57 TLV).
“But in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37 TLV).
“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31 TLV).
Victorious Lord, thank You for all that Yeshua’s sacrifice won. Thank You that You are for us. You daily give us the strength to overcome challenges on the road to loving and serving You more fully. Thank You for Your love and power in our lives!