The Two Coming Together
CBN Israel Devotional By Dmitry
I was born in the Soviet Union, behind the “iron curtain”. Almost all holidays were ideological: Such as the anniversary of the Revolution, May 1, etc.
The only holiday that unites all the people, was the New Year. In the Soviet Union, everyone celebrated the New Year in the same way that everyone in the world celebrates Christmas. There were decorations of fir and pine, gifts, and their own version of Santa – Grandpa Frost…
Of course, we knew that it was a way to steer people away from the truth. However, the vast majority of Russians were atheists in those days and we were just glad that there was at least one merry holiday.
My father is Jewish and my mother is Ukrainian. The Lord chose my Jewish father to bring the gospel to our family. Very soon, he became a pastor and a few years later, we decided to move to Israel, the Holy Land. Only here have we discovered the true meaning of celebrating the holidays.
Take for example, Chanukah’s miracle and the birth of the Messiah. These are celebrations with so much meaning. I still enjoy the presence of a Christmas tree in my home, though I know it has nothing to do with the birth of the Messiah Yeshua. For me it is just a symbol of a merry holiday and memories of my childhood.
The Bible makes it clear that every person who comes to faith in Messiah Yeshua is born again and becomes a new creation in which nationality is much less important. The Old Testement, known as the Tanach in Hebrew, and the New Testament should be the whole Bible for every believer – the One, the Monolith.
However, isn’t it special that this past Hanukkah coincided with Christmas? There is a bringing together of Christians and Jews in our holiday celebrations. The celebration of Yeshua, the Light of the world coinciding with Hanukkah, the miracle of unquenchable light. I must ask, what could be more natural for the Jew than to believe in Yeshua? And what foundation for faith has a Christian without the Jews Tanach?
Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!