Oh, come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel That mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel!
The melancholy plainsong of this ancient pre-Christmas hymn is a perfect setting for a cry from the heart of the suffering and waiting nation of Israel. Once enslaved in Egypt and a millennium later taken in chains to Babylon, the Israelites had to wait and wait to see their destiny as a nation fulfilled. Finally God sent the liberator Moses to Egypt; He sent the Persian king Cyrus to enable some of the captive Jews to leave Babylon and return to their ancient land.
As you wait for Christmas this year, as you wait for God’s help in the stresses and pains of your life, as you wait for Christ to return and bring us Home, you can use pre-Christmas days not just for shopping or killing time till the festivities. Sing this hymn with confidence–God keeps his promises. Sing this hymn with hope–your future will be better than your past.
Rejoice! Emmanuel, “God with us,” came once in a manger as promised. Rejoice! Emmanuel comes to us now in His Word. Rejoice! Emmanuel will come soon to open heaven’s gates.
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).
Please pray that all those young girls and their boyfriends who feel there is no hope would be able to hear the good news and that God’s people will lead them to receive Jesus and experience for themselves HE is their true hope!
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