22 Then came the Festival of Dedication[a] at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23, and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
Last night was the first night of Hanukkah. I wanted to read about it in the bible because I was curious if it was mentioned; after all, Jesus was Jewish.
We find Jesus in this passage attending the Hanukkah celebrations. That was the Festival of Dedication John refers to. It was no wonder He was present; as I mentioned, He was Jewish.
I came to this passage to find information about Hanukkah, but instead, I found a beautiful reminder for us this Monday.
We are about to step into a season of joy. A season of giving. A season of celebrating the birth of our savior.
Let us not forget His voice. Let us not forget that we wake up every morning to glorify Him. To praise Him. He listens, He loves, He is a solid rock we can lean on.
This is the greatest month of the year, and I am so happy to be preparing my heart for what He is about to speak into me, and I hope you are too.
Father God, you are our God; you are our savior. Lord, we know your voice, we look for it every day, and we thank you for leading us. We are your sheep, Lord, and today we begin to prepare our hearts for everything you want to bless us within this upcoming beautiful December. We are geared and expectant for all that you will reveal to us and prepare us for this upcoming year. We thank you for a beautiful week of gratitude, and we are excited about this season of giving. It is in your son’s Holy Name that we pray every day, AMEN.
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