~* O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL *~
Latin hymn from the 12th Century
English translation by John M. Neale, 1818-1866

He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Luke 1:32 & 33

The Old Testament prophecies concerning a coming Messiah and His establishment of an earthly kingdom are part of the miracle of Jesus' birth. The Messiah's coming was prophesied centuries before He was born in Bethlehem. Six hundred years before the birth of Christ, the Jews were living in Babylonian captivity. For centuries thereafter faithful Jews earnestly anticipated the Deliverer-Messiah with great longing and expectation, echoing the prayer that He would "ransom captive Israel". And finally the long awaited heavenly announcement came--"Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord!" (Luke 2:11). What is missed is the fact that His first coming was as the Deliverer from their bondage to sin when what they wanted was social and political freedom. This deliverance will come at His second coming, praise Him!

"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" was originally used in the medieval church as a series of antiphons--short musical statements that were sung just before the eve of Jesus' celebrated birth day. Each of these antiphons greets the anticipated Messiah with one of the titles ascribed Him throughout the Old Testament: Wisdom, Emmanuel, The Lord of Might, The Rod of Jesse, the Dayspring, and The Key of David.

{JMS NOTE: I wrote new words to this very old song in Christmas of 2000, praising Him for having come in that first time to redeem my soul! The lyrics are shown below and also at the following link: http://www.ewerluvd.com/emmanuel.htm}



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 Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satanís tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory over 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 deathís 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, great Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinaiís height
In ancient times once gave the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Root of Jesseís tree,
An ensign of Thy people be;
Before Thee rulers silent fall;
All peoples on Thy mercy call.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O 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.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.



JMS Words:

He's Come! He's Come! Emmanuel
Came as a babe to Israel!
Our precious Savior, born to die....
And with a joy-filled heart I gladly cry:

REJOICE! REJOICE! Emmanuel
Has come to us! Now we must go and tell.

Go tell all nations of the Gospel true
Tell everyone what God has done for you.
His blood atones my sin; I BELIEVE!
Accept Him, and eternal life receive!

REJOICE! REJOICE! Emmanuel
Has come to us! Now we must go and tell.

He's Come, He's Come! Emmanuel
Has saved my never-dying soul from hell.
He rescued me from sin and shame,
I'm born again now! Praise His holy name!

REJOICE! REJOICE! Emmanuel
Has come to us! Now we must go and tell.....

*For Today*: Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, 11:1, 22:22; Matthew 1:22 & 23; Luke 1:78 & 79; Galatians 4:4 & 5

Christ came not only to be the Emmanuel--"God with us"--but even in a more personal way, God in us. Carry this truth...this Truth...throughout this season celebrating His birth!

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Portions from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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