Almost everyone knows what Hanukkah is. Every year we see it right alongside of Christmas. But few Christians know anything about Hanukkah, and even fewer know the connections between Hanukkah and the Messiah, Jesus. As I have studied the subject over the course of the last year, I have come to the realization that Hanukkah is far more important than we (Christians) give it credit for. Saturday was Shabbat Hanukkah and I visited Baruch HaShem Messianic Synagogue. I learned many new things from Rabbi Marty about Hanukkah, one of which I would like to share with you here, after a brief version of the Hanukkah story to set it up.
Last night I was in class, Human-Computer Interactions 2, one of my graduate classes this semester. The teacher is not a full time prof but rather works in the real world and so she’s much easier to talk to and approach as she is without the requisite snootiness that comes with a PhD and a job in academia (not that all PhD’s are snooty, but you get the idea). I really enjoy her class because it’s great discussion (and sidetracks) and material without the massive pressure to perform on big ol’ nasty tests and whatnot. There’s still work, but it’s a laid-back environment where learning takes priority over regurgitating knowledge. I very much appreciate the atmosphere she has set for our class. But it was in this unassuming class on a normal class night that I had what I call a “Peter moment.” Continue reading