Monday, September 8, 2014

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Culturally, we have decided that the song "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" is a Christmas song. I do not like that: the message of the song is wonderful for any time of the year.

Emmanuel means "God with Us", and, in today's world, who wouldn't like God to be with them? When the song sings of Israel, we should always remember that our God is a personal God. We are each of the House of Israel, most often by blood. The song is about you!

How often do we feel alone in this world? How often do we feel like God has forgotten us? How often do we feel ensnared and captivated by the woes of mortality?
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!
We wait upon the Lord to come to us, desiring that our exile be removed from us. We've all had our dark days, and several have had dark weeks, months, and years. All we want is to be restored to the light.
O come, Thou Rod of Jesse's stem,
From ev'ry foe deliver them
That trust Thy mighty power to save,
And give them vict'ry o'er the grave.
Rejoice! Rejoice! EmmanuelShall come to thee, O Israel! 
Some have foes of addiction, some have foes of depression, some have foes of destroyed families, and we all have foes of sin. We want Christ, the rod of Jesse's stem, to deliver us from them, and save us from both physical death and spiritual death.
O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai's height
In ancient times did give the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! EmmanuelShall come to thee, O Israel! 

We desire the Glory of the Lord of might to come to us, as we strive to live His laws. We desire to know Him as they did in days of old.

However, throughout the song, the refrain is always the same: "Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel!" We don't have to feel like we are trapped: the Savior suffered for you in Gethsemane, and while healing processes might take months and years, you can be healed. He took upon Himself each thorn you have come upon you in life thousands of years ago. He is right by your side each step of the way, even if you don't see Him.

Emmanuel hath ransomed thee, O Israel.