HANUKKAH: WAYS TO REACH OUT THIS SEASON
"There is no
better time to plant and water a seed than now,
utilizing Jewish Feasts, and see friends come to
salvation in Yeshua!"
the Festivals and Feasts that the Lord has given us in the
Scriptures, we have special windows of opportunity to reach
out with the Good News of Messiah. To this, Hanukkah is no
exception. It is an occasion to reach out to your Jewish
friends and neighbors as you interact during this coming
holiday season. Please consider the following suggestions as
a way to reach out:
1. Pray! First and foremost pray for an opportunity!
2. Send a Hanukkah card to your Jewish friends. This year
Hanukkah begins at sundown on Saturday, December 8th and
continues for eight nights.
3. Engage your neighbors in conversation, asking them how
they celebrate it. You could ask them to tell you the story
of Hanukkah as they learned it from their upbringing. Then
share with them that the Feast of Dedication, or Hanukkah is
mentioned in the New Testament part of the Bible. They might
be quite surprised to learn that Messiah Jesus celebrated
this important part of Jewish history.
4. Share a tract. We have created a tract entitled
"Messiah’s Hanukkah Message" that will be helpful to share
with others or just to learn more about Hanukkah.
5. Explain how Hanukkah holds spiritual relevance even
today. For example, if king Antiochus would have had his
way, all of Israel would have become assimilated into Greek
worship and culture, and the Jewish nation would have for
all intents and purposes ceased to exist. But if Antiochus
would have succeeded in destroying the Jewish people, how
could Messiah be born? How could God be seen as faithful to
6. Invite your Jewish friends and neighbors to your home.
Traditionally, fried foods are eaten, like potato pancakes
(latkes) and jelly donuts, as part of the celebration.
7. Invite your friends and neighbors to a Hanukkah
Celebration. If you are in the Charlotte area during one of
our Hanukkah outreaches invite a friend to come hear Good
News in the context of Hanukkah.
There is no better time to plant and water a seed than now,
utilizing Jewish Feasts, and see friends come to salvation
in Yeshua! Thank you for being Messiah's hands this season!
Sam Nadler is
director of Word of Messiah Ministries in Charlotte,
N.C. This article is reprinted with permission from Word
of Messiah's Shmooze Letter of November 20, 2012.
Many other fine articles and other features may
be found at Word of Messiah's website,
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