Advent Devotional: O Come, O Come Emmanuel
[lyte id="FKe0IbdI87g" audio="true" /]O come o come emmanuel And ransom captive israel That mourns in lonely exile here Until the son of god appears
Rejoice rejoice Emmanuel shall come to thee oh Israel
Oh come thou day-spring come and cheer Our spirits by thine advent here Disperse the gloomy clouds of night And death's dark shadows put to flight
Oh come desire of nations bind In one the hearts of all mankind Bid thou our sad divisions cease And be thyself our king of peace
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins.
Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.
While most Christmas songs are full of joy and cheer ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’ expresses something different. It has a yearning and a broody desire to see something more. It captures an Old Testament quality of longing for Messiah to come and rescue us. Of course for us this has already happened and been accomplished, but it should stir in us a prayer and longing for where it hasn’t. For increased peace in our world. For the healing of the nations. For the Light of the Word to be seen and known in every heart.
FATHER our hearts long to see more of You in this world. Bring Your peace and let Your Kingdom come!