- Feast of Dedication – Miracle of the oil lasting 8 days
- Dedication: to set apart and consecrate to God for a sacred purpose.
Symbols of Christmas
1. The Nativity is a symbol of Christ’s birth and our being born again.
- Matthew 1:21 “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
- John 3:7 “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (8) The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
2. The Tree and Gift-giving symbolize the Cross and God’s Gift.
- I Peter 2:24 “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we being dead to sins should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
- Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”
3. The Candy Cane is a symbol of the Blood, Purity and the Good Shepherd.
- Shape of a shepherd’s staff
- Letter “J” for the name Jesus
- White for the sinless, purity of Jesus
- Red for the shed blood of Jesus
- Striped for the scourging of our Savior
- Hard candy because He is our Rock
- Candy to be broken & shared with others
- Psalm 34:8 “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.”
4. The Spirit of Christmas is the Christ in you.
- John 14:17 “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”
- Colossians 3:1 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. (2) Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (3) For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”
- II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Prayer of Dedication
Dear Heavenly Father, I dedicate myself afresh to You today. I confess my deep need for your love, mercy, and forgiveness. I humble myself under your mighty Hand and ask your forgiveness for known and unknown sins, for pride and self-centeredness. I confess you today, as my Lord and Savior. I place my full trust in You and lean not to my own understanding. In all my ways I acknowledge You and I desire that You direct my paths. I commit my way unto you Lord and thank you for Your grace upon my life. I commit to love You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and to love my neighbor as myself. I promise to live a godly, obedient, and growing life of faith through the Spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible study, community, and personal witness. I ask all this in the Name of Jesus Christ through the Power of Your Holy Spirit. Amen.