Happy Wednesday, everyone!
O come, O come, Emmanuel...and ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel has come to Thee, O Israel
These are the lyrics from one of my favorite Advent hymns, and we’ll be singing it this Sunday in worship. We don’t usually sing songs written in minor keys (they tend to have a sad feeling) but musically speaking, this carol really helps me experience just a little bit of the longing and unrest and sadness the people of Israel must have felt as they waited...and waited...and waited for the Messiah Who had been promised to them. Pastor Doug was talking about it this past Sunday. For hundreds of years Israel waited for their promise to come true, and what God promises He always fulfills. God did send the Messiah – Jesus Christ – the fulfilment of every prophecy ever made about the Promised One in Scripture. God is love and love never fails.
LOVE is this Sunday’s theme word. It is as foundational to the Christmas story as the word Hope. It was God’s love that put the plans for mankind’s salvation into place before laying the foundations of the world (Rev. 13:8). It was the love Jesus had for the Father that caused Him to say “yes” to the plan – a plan that would cost Him everything. Love caused Him to empty Himself so that He could be poured into a human body – a baby, no less! Helpless and small, completely dependent on humans He had created, Jesus was born in Bethlehem in humble obscurity. Most of the people who were longing for
His coming didn’t even realize it had happened. He came to give His life as a ransom for many – to pay our sin debt
and bring us back into right relationship with God the Father. Love is why He came, and love is why we sing about His
coming during Advent.
I hope you’ll be there in church this Sunday to sing with us in worship!
O Come, All Ye Faithful – One Voice Children’s Choir - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NetJIHwhbw
O Come, O Come,
Emmanuel – Hymns
and Hers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj6vzfkk8II