Yeshua’s birth through Jewish eyes
An article by Mitch Glaser, President of Chosen People Ministries, partnering with Emet Ministries
We celebrate two great festivals of deliverance and joy during December. One of the holidays is observed by Christians and the other by Jewish people. There is some crossover today as, once in a while, I find a Christmas tree capped with a Jewish star or see a Jewish person with a Hanukkah bush in their home!
Sometimes this is done to ease the tension of a mixed marriage by bringing the holidays together for the sake of the children. Rarely is there recognition that, at its root, Christmas is a Jewish holiday, and Hanukkah finds its ultimate fulfilment in Yeshua, the Messiah and Light of the world.
Believe me, it is not easy to persuade the most ardent adherents that the above is true, but when recognised, it brings a greater delight and joy to each of the holidays. Let me explain by reminding us of the story of both holidays, beginning with Christmas.