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Jerusalem Dateline: 12/23/16 Christmas, Hanukkah: The Festivals of Light

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: A Christmas-Hanukkah special; Bethlehem’s Nativity Church -- is this where Jesus was born? and gifts of the magi -- what did they really bring Jesus? plus the festival of lights -- Jesus and Hanukkah. Read Transcript


THIS WEEK ON JERUSALEM

DATELINE.

A CHRISTMAS AND HANUKKAH

SPECIAL. WE

TAKE A LOOK AT THE CHURCHES

AND

NATIVITY OF BETHLEHEM. COULD

THIS BE

THE PLACE WHERE JESUS WAS

BORN.

AND THE MAJI.

AND JESUS CELEBRATES

HANUKKAH. ALL

THIS AND MORE ON JERUSALEM

DATELINE.

HELLO AND WELCOME TO THIS

SPECIAL

HANUKKAH CHRISTMAS OF

JERUSALEM

DATELINE.

I'M CHRIS MITCHELL. THIS IS

ACROSS THE

CITY OF OLD JERUSALEM.

CHRISTIANS AROUND THE CITY

VISIT THE

TOWN OF BETHLEHEM. MOST OF

THE PEOPLE

VISIT THE TRADITIONAL SITE OF

THE

BIRTH OF JESUS, BUT MANY

PEOPLE KNOW

WHERE JESUS WAS BORN.

THE CHURCH OF NATIVITY WAS

BUILT

OVER THIS PLACE IN 326 WHEN

EMPEROR

CONSTANTINE DECIDED TO

DECLARE THIS

VILLAGE OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE.

SINCE

THEN, CHRISTIANS FROM ALL

AROUND THE

WORLD CAME TO VISIT THIS

PLACE.

INSIDE THE CHURCH, THE

ORIGINAL

COLUMNS FROM THE FOURTH

CENTURY STILL

STANDS.

CONSTANTINE'S MOTHER WAS

STILL HERE.

THIS GOES BACK TO THE

MIDDLE OF THE

FIRST CENTURY OF AD AT LEAST.

IN THE FIRST CENTURY, THE

ROMAN

EMPEROR DESTROYED THE TOWN OF

BETHLEHEM. AFTER HE DESTROYED

THE

TOWN, HE BUILT A TEMPLE AND

PLANTED

TREES WHERE PILGRIMS HAD COME

TO HONOR

THE PLACE WHERE JESUS WAS

BORN.

IN FACT THIS TURN INSTEAD

TF

DESTROYING THE PLACE, HE

IMPROVED THE

PLACE.

EVEN THOSE THAT ARE STRONG

IN THE

FAITH HE THAT IS ADORED AND

GLORIFIED

BY THE CHRISTIANS.

THIS IS THE DOOR THAT YOU

HAD TO

BEND DOWN TO ENTER THE

CHURCH. THIS

WAS MADE IN ORDER TO KEEP

MOUNTED

HORSE MEN OUT OF THE CHURCH.

AFTER QUEEN HELENA BUILT

THE

CHURCH, PEOPLE CAME FROM

ACROSS AROUND

THE WORLD. INSIDE GROTTO

WHICH MANY

BELIEVE IT'S THE LOCATION

WHERE JESUS

WAS BORN.

SOME MARK THE LOCATION.

THERE IS A NARROW TURN INSIDE

THE CAVE.

PEOPLE RECORD THE MOMENT THEY

GOT TO

SEE THE BIRTHPLACE OF JESUS.

FOR MANY, IT'S A PROFOUND

EMOTIONAL

AND SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AT

THE

BIRTHPLACE OF JESUS?

SOMETHING I CAN'T

DESCRIBE. IT'S

BIBLICAL.

I'M REALLY SURPRISED.

NORMALLY WHEN I'M HERE,

WHEN I'M

READING. NOW I CAN PICTURE

THE PLACES.

IT'S UNBELIEVABLE.

IT'S A LIFE'S DREAM AND NEVER

EXPECTED

TO BE HERE.

IT'S AWESOME.

HE SAYS IT'S ESPECIALLY

MEANINGFUL

DURING THE SEASON OF

CHRISTMAS.

IT'S A WONDERFUL OCCASION

FOR

PILGRIMS TO COME ESPECIALLY

WHEN IT'S

CHRISTMAS TO BE HERE AT THE

SPOT WHERE

JESUS WAS BORN AND BRING IT

BACK IN

THEIR OWN LIVES.

ANOTHER PLACE TOOK PLACE

JUST

OUTSIDE OF BETHLEHEM.

A LOCAL PASTOR SHOWED US

CAVES MANY

BELIEVED WERE USED BY THE

SHEPHERDS

THAT NIGHT.

THEY TOLD US THERE WERE

SHEPHERDS

LIVING OUT IN THE FIELD OVER

NIGHT

KEEPING WATCH ON THE FLOCKS

AT NIGHT

AND THE LORD APPEARED TO THEM

AND A

GLOW WAS AROUND THEM AND THEY

WERE

TERRIFIED, BUT THE ANGELS

SAID TO

THEM, DO NOT BE AFRAID.

I WILL BRING YOU GREAT JOY

FOR ALL THE

PEOPLE.

AND THE SON HAS BEEN BORN TO

YOU

THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.

THE CAVE WAS USED TO STORE

FOOD AND

ALSO THE MEALS.

THE SHEPHERDS WERE VERY CLOSE

TO THE

SHEEP.

THOSE SHEPHERDS CAME TO

THE

FULFILMENT OF A PROPHECY CAME

700

YEARS BEFORE WHEN ISAIAH

PROCLAIMED

THEREFORE THE LORD HIMSELF

WILL GIVE

YOU A SIGN.

THE VIRGIN WILL BE WITH CHILD

AND WILL

BIRTH A SON AND WILL CALL HIM

EMMANUEL.

TODAY, THAT MESSAGE IS

STILL THE

SAME FOR PILGRIMS, ASSESS ORS

AND

PASTORS.

THE BIBLE SAYS JESUS

BROUGHT GIFTS.

WAS THAT GOLD? AND IT TALKS

ABOUT THE

HE BONG OF GILEAD.

IT WAS SO SPECIAL.

AND NOW AS JULIE REPORTS,

IT'S THE

BIBLICAL AGRICULTURE

INCLUDING

FRANKINCENSE AND MER.

MEET GUY ---ER LICK.

AND ITEMS FOR A HUGE TEMPLE.

THAT

MIGHT NOT BE ALL. SOME MAY

CALL HIM AN

MAJI LIKE THE ONE WHO BROUGHT

TO

JESUS.

IT'S THE CULTURE AND TO

MAKE

SOMETHING OUT OF IT.

WHILE STILL IN THE EARLY

STAGES,

BUT ALREADY HELPING TO TURN

THE DESERT

GREEN NEAR THE DEAD SEA IN

JERRICHO.

THERE ARE VERY INTERESTING

PLANTS

IN MY COLLECTION AND IT'S TO

BENEFIT

HUMANITY.

IT STARTED WITH THE TREE

BETTER

KNOWN AS THE TREE OF GILEAD.

USING IT FOR MEDICINAL AND

COSMETIC

PURPOSES. NOW HE'S REVIVING

THAT TRADE

AND MORE.

IT'S ONE OF THE MOST

IMPORTANT

MEDICATION OF THE ANCIENT

WORLD AND

CONSIDERED TO BE THE BEST IN

THE ROMAN

EMPIRE.

IT'S OF THE ANCIENTS OF THE

TEMPLE AND

SINCE THE SECOND TEMPLE IT'S

THE

ANOINTING OIL OF THE SIXTH

CENTURY

TOGETHER WITH THE JEWISH

PEOPLE.

HE GOT HIS FIRST PLANT

FROM A SHOOT

SMUGGLED BY A GERMAN

SCIENTIST OUT OF

SAUDI ARABIA AND BROUGHT TO

ISRAEL. HE

ALSO GROWS FRANKINCENSE AT

THE

PLANTATION.

THIS IS MY BABY AFTER THE

DEAD SEA,

BUT THEN THERE ARE SOME

INTERESTING

PLANTS IN MY COLLECTION. NOW

THERE IS

A TEAM OF PLANTS THAT I WANT

TO MAKE

INTO A PRODUCT. MANY

THERE ARE MORE THAN 20

VARIETIES OF

FRANKINCENSE, BUT THIS IS ONE

FROM THE

BIBLE AND IT'S CONSIDERED AN

ENDANGERED SPECIES.

THIS IS THE COLLECTION.

NOW THROUGHOUT AFRICA THERE

IS SUCH A

BIG DEMAND OF THIS.

HE'S ALSO GROWING MUR.

THERE MAY BE A CONNECTION TO

THE GIFT

THAT JESUS BROUGHT.

THIS IS RELATED TO THE

MAJI.

MAYBE IT'S THE PRESENCE TO

GIVE

FRANKINCENSE. THIS IS THE

DIAMOND OF

THE MEDICAL PLANTS.

HE DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS A

MAN OF

FAITH BUT NOT RELIGIOUS IS

ALSO

GROWING A NUMBER OF OTHER

PLANTS

NEEDING TO MAKE IN SENSE FOR

THE

TEMPLE. THEY WOULD LIKE TO

SEE A THIRD

TEMPLE BUILT IN JERUSALEM.

I'M GOING TO START THE

TEMPLE ALONG

WITH THOSE THAT CAME TO VISIT

ME.

. I TOLD YOU THAT THERE IS A

SUPPLY

FOR IN SENSES FOR THE TEMPLE.

BUT I TOLD HIM I WILL NOT GO

INTO THE

TEMPLE.

HIS GOAL IS TO START A

RESEARCH FOR

THE MEDICAL PLANTS TO HELP

THE REGION.

AND AS THE BIBLE SAYS, MAKE

THE DESERT

BLUE.

THE GILEAD FARM AT THE DEAD

SEA.

COMING UP, A STORY BEHIND

WELCOME BACK TO THIS

SPECIAL

HANUKKAH CHRISTMAS OF

JERUSALEM

DATELINE.

SCIENTIST HAVE WORKED AROUND

THIS YEAR.

HOW MUCH DO WE KNOW.

MARK TRAVELED TO LEARN MORE

ABOUT THIS

CHRISTIAN COMPOSER AND WORK

THAT

TRANSCENDS TIME.

FOR MANY, CHRISTMAS

WOULDN'T BE

COMPLETE WITHOUT WITNESSING

OR TAKING

PART OF A PERFORMANCE FROM

THE MESSIAH.

FROM THE SYMPHONY IN THE U.S.

TO THE

"HOLY LAND" JERUSALEM.

HALLELUJAH!

IT IS FELT ACROSS THE

GLOBE. TO

FEEL MORE ABOUT THE MESSIAH,

IT'S IN

GERMANY WHERE HE MOVED IN

THIS HOUSE

IN LONDON, ENGLAND, IN HIS

LATE 30s

AND CONSIDERED AN OPERA

COMPOSER IN

ENGLAND AND BY 1841.

HE WONDERED IF RETIREMENT WAS

NEAR.

AT SOME POINT IT WAS A

CAREER

CRISIS AND IT WAS POSSIBLE HE

WAS

THINKING OF RETURNING TO

GERMANY.

THAT'S WHEN THIS MAN,

CHARLES

JENNINGS HANDED HIM THE WORDS

OF THE

MESSIAH.

HE CAREFULLY SELECTED OLD AND

NEW

TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES

DOCUMENTING

PROFESSES ABOUT THE MESSIAH,

THE CROSS

AND THE RESURRECTION.

IT'S A RESPONSE TO THE

GROWING

INTEREST OF THE JUDAISM.

SINCE IT DID NOT BELIEVE

IN THE

DIVINITY OF THE CHRIST.

HE WAS A PASSIONATE

PERSON, A

DEEPLY RELIGIOUS MAN, A VERY

GOOD

CHRISTIAN.

SAYING I HAVE DONE THIS

SCRIPTURE

CORRECTION AND I HOPE HE WILL

EXPEND

HIS BEST ON IT SO IT BECOMES

HIS BEST

BECAUSE IT'S CERTAINLY ON THE

BEST

SUBJECT.

THE SUBJECT IS MESSIAH.

HE HANDLES A COMPOSITION

ROOM WHERE

IT IS BELIEVED TO COMPOSE THE

MESSIAH.

HE WROTE IT IN ONLY 24 DAYS.

MANY

BELIEVED IT WAS DIVINELY

INSPIRED.

HE DIDN'T LEAVE THE HOUSE

FOR 2

WEEKS AND THE PEOPLE SAW HIM

SOBBING

WE MOTION.

THERE WERE REPORTS OF HIM

SAYING, I

THINK I DID SEE HEAVEN BEFORE

ME AND

THE GREAT GOD HIMSELF.

FOR JENNINGS AND HANDEL,

MESSIAH WOULD

BE THE TOOL TO SHARE THE

GOSPEL WITH

THE MASSES.

THEY EVEN MADE THE DECISION

TO PERFORM

MESSIAH IN THEATRES INSTEAD

OF

CHURCHES TO REACH A WIDER

AUDIENCES.

HE PERFORMED THE SOLOS.

MARIA, A WOMAN WITH AN

ADULTEROUS PAST

BUT ABLE TO PENETRATE THE

HEART WITH

HER VOICE WHEN OTHER MORE

SKILLED

VOCALIST COULD ONLY REACH THE

EAR.

PERFORMANCES WERE OFTEN

BENEFIT

CONCERTS TO HELP RELEASE

PEOPLE FROM

DEBTOR'S PRISON.

THEY CLOTHED THE NAKED AND

FOSTERED

THOSE AND DELIVERED THEM.

HE DID NOT WANT THE CREDIT.

AT THE END

OF MESSIAH, HANDEL WROTE THE

LETTERS.

TO GOD ALONE, THE GLORY.

MARK, CBN NEWS, LONDON.

> WELCOME BACK.

FOR 8 DAYS JEWISH PEOPLE ALL

OVER THE

WORLD CELEBRATE HANUKKAH.

A HOLIDAY MARKING A GREAT

VICTORY

2,000 YEARS AGO. THIS

HANUKKAH THE

CANDLE IS LIT ON CHRISTMAS.

CBN VISITED THE OLD CITY OF

JERUSALEM

TO MEET ONE FAMILY AND TAKE A

LOOK AT

THE FESTIVE LIGHTS.

THOUSANDS OF ISRAELI'S

COME TO

CELEBRATE HANUKKAH.

THEY COME TO LIGHT A

CANDELABRA.

THIS IS A HOLIDAY ABOUT

JEWISH

VALUES AND THIS IS A HOLIDAY

ABOUT

CONNECTING TO GOD.

SO MANY ISRAELI'S COME

HERE.

ALSO KNOWN AS A FEAST OF

DEDICATION. HANUKKAH IS NOT

IN THE OLD

TESTAMENT BUT IN THE NEW

TESTAMENT.

JESUS WALKED IN THE TEMPLE IN

SOLOMON'S PORCH.

REBECCA JOIN THEM FOR A

CELEBRATION.

IT'S A HOLIDAY AND

TRADITION AND

VICTORY AND ABILITY TO

DECORATE THE

TEMPLE.

AND THE CHILDREN?

THE PRESENTS AND THE

PARTIES.

WE CAN GO ALL THE TIME AND

WE GO ON

TRIPS AND IT'S FUN.

IN THE SECOND CENTURY BC,

THE

JEWISH REVOLTED FORCING THE

JEWS TO

EAT POOR AND TOWARDS READING

AND

CIRCUMCISION. WHERE THEY

DEFILED THE

JEWISH TEMPLES AND DEDICATED

TO THE

GREEK GOD ZEUS.

THE JEWISH PEOPLE RETOOK

JERUSALEM AND

REDEDICATED THE TEMPLE. BUT

WHEN THEY

WANTED TO LIGHT THE MENORAH,

THERE WAS

ONLY A TINY BIT OF SACRED OIL

LEFT.

IT WAS A MIRACLE.

IT WAS BEYOND NATURE AND THE

MILITARY

VICTORIES.

EATING FOODS IS ANOTHER

HANUKKAH

TRADITION AND BETWEEN SECULAR

AND

ISRAELIS.

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE COME

TO

CELEBRATE HANUKKAH AND WE

GIVE HOT

DRINKS TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO

COME.

THERE IS A MESSAGE IN THE

HOLIDAY

TODAY. THE

THE WORLD IS COMING UP ON

ISRAEL.

THIS IS NOTHING NEW AND THE

MESSAGE OF

HANUKKAH, NO MATTER WHAT

HAPPENS, OUR

CANDLE HAS BEEN LIT BRIGHT.

TIMES HAVE COME AND GONE, BUT

THE

JEWISH PEOPLE ARE STILL HERE.

> WELCOME BACK TO JERUSALEM

DATELINE. CHRISTMAS IS A

REMINDER OF

THE POWER OF JESUS CHRIST TO

CHANGE

LIVES. ONE CHRISTMAS CAROL,

ONE OF MY

FAVORITES THUMBS UP THAT

POWER.O

COME,O COME, EMMANUEL. HE

EXPLAINS THE

SONG AND PERFORMED IN

JERUSALEM'S

SAINT ANNE'S CHURCH.

O COME, EMMANUEL IS A HYMN.

IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE AN --

ADJUNCT

SONG FOUND IN THE OLD

TESTAMENT.

OH COME, EMMANUEL.

EMMANUEL IS THE TITLE GIVEN

TO THE

MESSIAH IN ISAIAH 7.

IT'S THE SCRIPTURE TO JESUS

AT HIS

BIRTH.

ANOTHER ONE OF THE TITLES

THAT APPLIED

TO THE MESSIAH THAT WAS

ADOPTED INTO

THIS SONG IS THE ROD OF

JESSIE.

COME. THE ROD OF JESSIE IS

REFERRED TO

AN ISAIAH CHAPTER 11 AND

REFERRING TO

THE KINGSHIP, TO THE RULING.

JESSIE

WAS THE FATHER OF DAVID.

WHEN WE SING THE ROD OF

JESSIE, WE ARE

SINGING TO THE KING OF DAVID,

THE

MESSIAH, JESUS.

ONE OF THE VERSUS CALLS FOR

DAY SPRING.

COME ON DAY SPRING.

COME AND CHEER OUR HEARTS.

THE DAY SPRING REFERS TO

MALACHITE,

CHAPTER 4, WHERE WE READ THE

SUN OF

RIGHTEOUSNESS SHALL RISE.

THIS VERSE DOES NOT REFER

MUCH TO THE

KINGSHIP OF THE MESSIAH, BUT

IT REFERS

TO HIS TENDERNESS, TO HIS

PERSONALNESS, TO HIS

COMPASSION FOR

THOSE WHO ARE WEARY, FOR

THOSE WHO

SUFFER IN TOIL, FOR THOSE WHO

ARE ILL,

CRYING OUT THAT THE SUN OF

SUNRISE

WILL COME TO FILL OUR SOULS

AND OUR

SPIRITS.

MANY OF THE -- HYMNS THAT ARE

USED AND

THE KING OF DAVID COMES FROM

ISAIAH 22.

IT SPEAKS OF THAT OPENING TO

PASSAGE,

TO FREEDOM OF ACCESS THAT IS

ECHOED IN

THE REVELATION WHEN JESUS

WROTE THE

BOOK OF REVELATIONS. THE IT

OPENS

DOORS THAT NO ONE CAN SHUT.

ANOTHER VERY BEAUTIFUL THEME

THAT IS

TOUCHED ON IN THE HYMN IS

WHEN THEY

REFER TO THE MESSIAH AS THE

LORD IS

MIGHT.

THE LORD IS MIGHT IS IN

ISAIAH THAT IT

WILL REST UPON COUNCIL AND

MIGHT IN

UNDERSTANDING. THE HYMN

REFLECTS ON

THE LORD OF MIGHT AND HIGH

NIGHT GAVE

TO THE LAW.

THE WORD OF THE LORD IS NOT

SIMPLY THE

LAW, BUT REALLY JESUS HIMSELF.

JESUS IS THE WORD OF GOD.

THE SONG OF O COME EMMANUEL.

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL SONG AND

ANTICIPATION

OF THAT GLORY COMING WITH THE

ROD OF

JESSIE, THE KING OF DAVID,

GOD WITH US

WILL ESTABLISH HIS KINGDOM ON

EARTH. I

LIKE TO THINK OF EMMANUEL,

GOD IS WITH

ME TODAY, GOD IS PRESENT, GOD

WHO

BRINGS HIS SALVATION AT THIS

MOMENT.

GOD WHO BECAME JESUS, WHO

SHOWED HIS

LOVE FOR US AND LAID DOWN HIS

LIFE.

WHO CALLS ME BY NAME, WHO

CALLS EACH

OF US BY NAME. WHO LOVES US

AS A

FATHER, LOVES US AS A FATHER

AND LOVES

US AS A KING.

TODAY IS THE DAY OF

SALVATION. WE

DON'T HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL

TOMORROW. WE

CAN CELEBRATE EMMANUEL, GOD

IS WITH US

TODAY.

THAT'S ONE OF MY FAVORITE

STORIES

EXPLAINED SO WELL BY --

CLARA FAWN.

THAT'S IT FOR OUR SPECIAL

EDITION OF

JERUSALEM DATELINE.

I'M CHRIS MITCHELL. WE'LL SEE

YOU NEXT

TIME ON JERUSALEM DATELINE.

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