The Feast of Lights, a.k.a. the
Feast of the Dedication, is an eight-day Jewish
holiday (and also a Christian Holy Day for those who observe it), commemorating the
rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem in 165 BC.
Jesus Christ, who is the "True
Light" sent by Almighty God to reveal the Truth to this Dark and dying
world, also commemorated this Holy Day; and the following passage will show why
He is the only Way to Heaven, and that He will give Eternal Life to whomsoever
truly belongs to Him.
John 10:1-30 “Verily,
verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but
climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But He that
entereth in by the door is the Shepherd of the sheep.
To Him the
porter openeth; and the sheep hear His Voice: and He calleth His own sheep by
name, and leadeth them out. And when He putteth forth His own sheep, He goeth
before them, and the sheep follow Him: for they know His Voice.
And a stranger
will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of
spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which He
spake unto them.
Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I Am the door of the
sheep. All that ever came before Me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did
not hear them.
I Am the door:
by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find
cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I Am come that they
might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
I Am the good
shepherd: the Good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep. But he that is an
hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf
coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and
scattereth the sheep.
The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
I Am the Good Shepherd, and know My sheep, and am known of Mine.
As the Father
knoweth Me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down My life for the sheep. And
other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they
shall hear My Voice; and there shall be one fold, and One Shepherd.
Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take
it again. No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to
lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received
of My Father.
There was a
division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings. And many of them
said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye Him?
Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open
the eyes of the blind?
And it was at Jerusalem the Feast of the Dedication, and it was winter. And
Jesus walked in the Temple in Solomon's porch.
Then came the Jews round about Him, and said unto Him, How long dost Thou make
us to doubt? If Thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.
Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in My
Father's name, they bear witness of Me. But ye believe not, because ye are not
of My sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear My Voice, and I know them, and
they follow Me:
And I give unto them Eternal Life; and they shall never perish, neither shall
any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father, which gave them Me,
is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My
Father's hand. I and My Father are One.”