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Celebrating Hope and Salvation: Jesus Role in Hanukkah

Possible Viewpont: Evangelical Christian

Lesson Title: Celebrating Hope and Salvation: Jesus Role in Hanukkah

Objective: To help young children understand the significance of Hanukkah and how it relates to Jesus as the Savior.

Today, we are going to learn about a special holiday called Hanukkah. Hanukkah is a time when Jewish people celebrate the miracle that happened many years ago. But as Christians, we also see a special connection between Hanukkah and Jesus, who is our Savior.

Long ago, there was a group of Jewish people called the Maccabees who were being treated unfairly. They were not allowed to practice their faith and were forced to worship false gods. But one brave man named Judah Maccabee and his family decided to fight for their freedom. They trusted in God and were able to defeat their enemies. When they returned to their temple, they found that it had been defiled. They cleaned and rededicated it to God, and a miracle happened! They found enough oil to light the menorah for only one day, but it lasted for eight days! This is why Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights.

In the Bible, Jesus is called the Light of the World. He came to bring hope, love, and salvation to everyone. Just like the miraculous oil in the Hanukkah story, Jesus brings light and hope that never runs out.

Craft Activity:
Let’s make our own menorah using colored paper and cardboard. As we make our menorah, let’s remember that Jesus is the ultimate light in our lives.

Fill in the blanks: Just as the Maccabees fought for their freedom, Jesus fought for our _____________. (Salvation)

Today, we learned that Hanukkah is a time of celebration and hope. Just like the Maccabees, we can trust in God to bring us through difficult times. And just like the miraculous oil, Jesus brings us everlasting hope and salvation. Let’s thank God for sending Jesus, the Light of the World, to bring hope and salvation to all of us. Amen.

Worship Music for Lesson

1. “Light of the World” by Lauren Daigle
2. “Shine, Jesus, Shine” by Graham Kendrick
3. “Happy Day” by Tim Hughes
4. “My Lighthouse” by Rend Collective

Questions for Lesson

1. How does Jesus bring hope and salvation in your life, especially during the holiday season?
2. What do you think is the significance of Jesus’ role in Hanukkah, and how does it impact your faith?
3. Can you share a personal experience of how Jesus has brought light into your life during a dark time?
4. In what ways can we celebrate Jesus’ role in Hanukkah as evangelical Christians?
5. What lessons can we learn from the story of Hanukkah that can strengthen our relationship with Jesus?
6. True or False: John 3:16 teaches that God’s love for us is demonstrated through the gift of his son, Jesus Christ. (Quiz question)


1. John 10:22-23
2. 2 Maccabees 10:6-8
3. Colossians 1:13-14
4. Hebrews 2:14-15

Object Lesson

Illustration: “Jesus Role in Hanukkah”

– A Hanukkah menorah
– Candles
– A small figure of baby Jesus
– A small Bible

1. Begin by gathering the children’s attention and introducing the topic of Hanukkah. Explain that Hanukkah is a special Jewish holiday that celebrates hope and salvation.

2. Show the Hanukkah menorah and explain that it is used to commemorate a miracle that happened long ago. Point out the nine candle holders and mention that one candle is lit each night to remember the miracle of the oil that lasted for eight nights.

3. Introduce the figure of baby Jesus and the small Bible. Explain that Jesus is an important figure in the Hanukkah story because he ultimately brought hope and salvation to the world.

4. Place the baby Jesus figure near the Hanukkah menorah and share the following story in simple terms:
“Long before Jesus was born, the Jewish people were fighting for their freedom. The temple in Jerusalem had been taken over, and the Jewish people were not allowed to practice their faith. But with God’s help, they were able to fight back and reclaim their temple. When the temple was rededicated, there was only enough oil to keep the menorah burning for one night, but miraculously, the oil lasted for eight nights. This miracle gave the Jewish people hope and reminded them of God’s salvation.”

5. Read a short verse from the Bible that talks about Jesus bringing hope and salvation, such as John 3:16.

6. Conclude by explaining that Jesus came to bring hope and salvation to all people, and that his role in the Hanukkah story reminds us of his love for everyone, regardless of their background.

By using these props and storytelling, children can better understand the connection between Hanukkah and Jesus’ role in bringing hope and salvation.

Craft Idea

Craft Idea: Hanukkah Paper Plate Menorah

– 8 paper plates
– Yellow tissue paper
– Glue
– Scissors
– Marker or crayons
– 1 cardboard tube
– Yellow construction paper
– 8 flame-shaped cutouts from construction paper

1. Begin by drawing a menorah on each paper plate. This will be the base for your craft.
2. Cut out the shapes of the menorah from each plate, leaving the base of the menorah attached to the plate.
3. Glue yellow tissue paper behind each cutout to represent the flames of the menorah.
4. Cut out a cardboard tube to create the base of the menorah.
5. Glue the paper plate menorah onto the cardboard tube base.
6. Cut out 8 flame shapes from the yellow construction paper.
7. Glue one flame to the top of each paper plate menorah cutout.

As you create the Hanukkah Paper Plate Menorah, talk to the children about the significance of the menorah in Jewish tradition and tie it in with the lesson of ‘Celebrating Hope and Salvation: Jesus Role in Hanukkah’. Discuss how Jesus is the light of the world and how Hanukkah celebrates the hope and salvation that He brings. Encourage the children to reflect on the ways in which Jesus brings light and hope into their lives.

End the craft time with a prayer, thanking Jesus for being the light of the world and bringing hope and salvation to all who believe in Him.


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