SONGS OF THE SEASON – O’COME O’COME EMMANUEL


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SONGS OF THE SEASON

O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL

Sunday, December 10, 2017

 

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.

 

This may be the oldest Christmas lyrics of all the Christmas songs we sing.  It wasn’t until 1851 that Thomas Helmore connected the melody with the words.  When you hear this song you can hear the cry, the longing for a Savior.

 

When Jesus arrived as a baby there were, no doubt, many whose hearts were crying for an answer from on high.  They had heard the prophecy, yet their heart yearned for a real God, a God in their midst.

 

The writer of this ancient chant brings light to 5 titles that reference the coming of Christ.

   •    Emmanuel is the promise that God is will come and dwell with us through Jesus Christ.

   •    Rod of Jesse is the promise and hope of resurrection to newness of life through Jesus Christ.

   •    Day-spring is the promise of light in the darkest of times through Jesus Christ.

   •    Key of David promises us entrance into the door of heaven through Jesus Christ.

   •    Desire of nations is focused on the building a kingdom of peace through Jesus Christ.

 

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