“Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch.” John 10:22 & 23 NKJV
According to history, the Feast of Dedication, or Hanukkah – is the commemoration of the dedication of the temple by Judas Maccabeus was in December 165 B.C. (The Message, pg 2113)
It was winter…this verse warms my heart in a personal way. Knowing Jesus, Himself the Light of the World, walked the cold stone pavement of Solomon’s porch in Jerusalem. To think, He left His place of glory to walk the earth as we do. Season after season, warm breezes of summer, cold blowing chilled winds, …it was winter.
Lighting the sixth candle and the number six reflecting man’s work, brings my thoughts to Jesus Himself. God in the flesh Who “dwelt among us…”John 1:14 NKJV Jesus felt the cold as we do. His body had to work to keep warm.
It was winter … Clothed in my western mind set and everything warm packed from my suitcase, (never thinking the Middle East could get this cold) I walked the streets of Jerusalem thinking of the One Who “dwelt among us” and continues to work and walk this path with me in Day Six of Hanukkah.
Lighting the candlestick in honor and celebration of Hanukkah through the eyes of a follower of Jesus Christ.
Poem by denisebalog©2019
Photo captured in Jerusalem in the winter January 2018