The longing to belong is real, and the need to want to belong is what helps to open one’s eyes to God’s vision for purpose concerning each individual.



It was now winter, and Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication. He was in the Temple, walking through the section known as Solomon’s Colonnade. The people surrounded him and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” (John 10:22-24)

Read: Isaiah 44:6 – 48:11

Relate: The Festival of Dedication, Hanukkah, begins on the twenty-fifth day of the Jewish month of Kislev (November/December). It is also called the festival of lights and because this is how the Jewish historian Josephus refers to it so we can assume it was commonly called this at the time of Jesus as well. Both titles refer back to one specific event that happened roughly two hundred years before Christ in confronted.

In 167 BC, the Seleucid emperor Antiochus Epiphanes dedicated the Temple in Jerusalem to Zeus and had…

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