Weekend Inspiration – 1 John 5:11 – O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Throughout my childhood, one of my least favorite Christmas hymns was “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”  It doesn’t have a catchy tune, and it certainly isn’t about getting presents or even Santa. It has a haunting melody and lyrics, and if you listen to it carefully, a desperate plea for saving. You can hear the desperation of the Jews, hoping and pleading for their Savior to come and save them.

As an adult, this is one of my favorite Christmas hymns, because I need a Savior! You need a Savior! We all need a Savior!

I encourage you to read the lyrics slowly and savor every word of this song!

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel

And ransom captive Israel

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appear

Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel

 

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free

Thine own from Satan’s tyranny

From depths of Hell Thy people save

And give them victory o’er the grave

Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, o Israel

 

O 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

Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, o Israel

 

O come, Thou Key of David, come

And open wide our heavenly home

Make safe the way that leads on high

And close the path to misery

Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, o Israel

 

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might

Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height

In ancient times did’st give the Law

In cloud, and majesty and awe

Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, o Israel

 

The earliest manuscript found of this hymn can be dated back to 1710, over 300 years ago. They needed their Savior then as we do now!

That is the same Savior, who humbly stepped off His heavenly throne, took human form, and lived and died as a man, but rose from the dead as Lord of All! Our Savior did all this so we can have eternal life in heaven with Him! This is the greatest gift of all!

 

Devotional Diva

Tomorrow, December 1st, I will be the guest blogger on http://www.devotionaldiva.com

I won’t spoil it for you, but the theme is, “The Best Christmas Ever,” and it reflects on a family Christmas in the 1980s and getting the hottest gift of the season.

It would be an honor for you to read it and let me know your thoughts!

Have a blessed weekend, my friends! As always, please email your prayer requests and praises! I would love to pray for you!

2 Comments

  1. Karen Rowell on November 30, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    My favorite old Christmas carol is “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” … and yes, the comma is in the correct place there! Several years ago I discovered an article that explained the meaning of this carol by “translating” the Old English that it was written in into the English we understand today. The word “rest” actually used to mean “make” or “keep,” and “merry” meant “mighty” (as in, Robin Hood’s Merry Men, who were not always jovial, but were mighty!). This discovery came at an especially good time for me, as we had just gone through an incredibly difficult year as a family. I wasn’t really looking forward to Christmas at all that year until I saw this carol as it was intended … “God make you mighty, gentlemen! Let nothing you dismay. Remember, Christ our Savior was born on Christmas day to save us all from Satan’s power when we were gone astray. Oh, tidings of comfort and joy!” Wow! Tidings of comfort and joy, indeed!

    • Missy Eversole on December 1, 2018 at 9:01 am

      Wow! Thank you so much for your commment! From now on, every time I hear that song, I am going to mentally replace merry with mighty! So very powerful!

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