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The True Light of Hannukah: Jesus

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Title: The True Light of Hannukah: Jesus


Hello everyone! Today, we are going to learn about a special holiday called Hannukah and how it relates to Jesus, the true light of the world.

Hannukah is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrians and the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem. During this time, the Jewish people only had enough oil to light the temple menorah for one day, but miraculously, the oil lasted for eight days, which is why Hannukah is celebrated for eight days.

In the Bible, we read about a prophecy in the book of Isaiah that says, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” This prophecy is fulfilled in the New Testament when Jesus, the Son of God, came into the world as the true light.

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Just like the menorah in the temple, Jesus brings light into our lives and gives us hope and joy.

Just as the Maccabees fought for the rededication of the temple, Jesus fought for us by defeating sin and death on the cross. When we believe in Jesus and accept Him as our Savior, we are like the temple being rededicated to God, and His light shines through us to others.

During Hannukah, Jewish people light the menorah to remember the miracle of the oil and to celebrate the victory of the Maccabees. As Christians, we can also remember the miracle of Jesus bringing light into our world and the victory He won for us. We can celebrate by sharing His light with others and by showing love and kindness to everyone around us.

So, let’s remember that Jesus is the true light of Hannukah and every day of our lives. Just like the menorah, let’s let His light shine brightly in us and through us to others. Amen.

Worship Music for Lesson

1. “Light of the World” by Chris Tomlin
2. “Shine, Jesus, Shine” by Graham Kendrick
3. “This Little Light of Mine” (traditional)
4. “Jesus, Light of the World” by Third Day

Questions for Lesson

1. What is the significance of Hannukah in the Jewish faith?
2. How does the story of Hannukah reflect the theme of God’s faithfulness and provision?
3. How does the celebration of Hannukah point to Jesus as the true Light of the world?
4. What does the Bible teach us about the importance of standing firm in our faith, like the Maccabees did during Hannukah?
5. What does John 3:16 teach about God’s love and the gift of Jesus?
6. How does understanding the connection between Hannukah and Jesus impact your personal faith and relationship with God?


John 8:12
John 1:4-5
John 1:9
John 12:46

Object Lesson

Title: The True Light of Hannukah: Jesus

Props needed:
– Menorah (with 9 candles)
– Candles (8 for lighting, 1 for the shamash)
– Bible
– Small paper cutouts of Jesus and the star of David


Hello children! Today, we are going to learn about the true light of Hannukah and how it reminds us of Jesus.

Here we have a Menorah. It has 9 candles. Can you help me count? (Count the candles with the children) We light one candle each night for eight nights to remember the miracle that happened long ago.

Do you know that Jesus is the true light of the world? (Show the small paper cutout of Jesus) He came to bring hope and light to everyone.

Just like the shamash candle that lights all the other candles, Jesus is the light that shines in our hearts and gives light to others.

In the Bible, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

This Hannukah, as we light the candles, let’s also remember the light that Jesus brings into our lives. Let’s be like the shamash candle and share His light with others.

Now, let’s light the Menorah and remember Jesus, the true light of Hannukah.

This illustration can be a great way to teach young children about the connection between Hannukah and Jesus, using props to make it fun and interactive.

Craft Idea

Craft Idea: “Jesus, the True Light of Hannukah”

– Cardstock or construction paper in various colors
– Scissors
– Glue
– Markers or crayons
– Gold or silver glitter
– Googly eyes (optional)
– Small battery-operated tea lights

1. Begin by discussing with the children the significance of Hannukah and how it relates to Jesus being the true light of the world. Explain that just as the menorah is lit to symbolize the miracle of the oil lasting for eight days, Jesus brings light and hope into the world.

2. Give each child a piece of cardstock or construction paper and have them draw and cut out a simple menorah shape. This can be a basic design with seven branches and a central stem.

3. Next, have the children use markers or crayons to decorate their menorahs. Encourage them to add colors and designs that represent the light and joy that Jesus brings into their lives.

4. Once the menorahs are decorated, give the children some glue and glitter to add a sparkly, festive touch to their creations. They can sprinkle the glitter onto the menorahs to make them shimmer and shine.

5. If desired, the children can also add googly eyes to their menorahs to give them a fun and whimsical look.

6. To finish the craft, place a small battery-operated tea light on the central stem of each menorah. The children can turn on the lights and watch as their creations glow and shine, symbolizing Jesus as the true light of Hannukah.

As the children work on their craft, you can continue to discuss the significance of Jesus as the true light of the world and how his love and grace bring hope and joy into our lives. This hands-on activity will help reinforce the lesson and leave a lasting impression on the children.


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