Wednesday, December 18, 2013

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

during this Christmas season, i am highlighting & reflecting on a few Christmas songs & what Christmas really is. 

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, O Son of God Most High
Deliver us from sinfulness and pride
Restore in us a childlike heart
To consecrate and set us apart

Rejoice, rejoice Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

O come, O come, Emmanuel

O come, O Savior of this world
The long awaited promise You foretold
And right the wrongs that man has done
We pray Your glorious Kingdom come

i think this is, by far, my favorite song that's played at Christmas time. the thing i love the most about it, is that it applies during any day of the year, not just at Christmas. it's natural to think about how Jesus came & how He'll come again around Christmas time, but it's something that we should live in light of every single day. i love the theme of deliverance & hope this song portrays. 

Emmanuel means "God with us" - He came to be with us, He is with us now, & He will come to take us home where we can be with Him FOREVER! it's incredible to think of how Jesus left His Father & came to earth as a human, a baby, to give us hope. to give us redemption. to give us a way to God. AND He isn't done! He's coming back! He will deliver us once & for all. 

in light of that, how can we not be filled with hope?

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.
[John 1:9-18]


  1. That's one of my favorite songs actually! You don't hear it often.

  2. you really don't hear it often! it's a shame, cause it's such a great song! i usually play it all the time though so i get my fill :) haha

  3. Thanks for sharing. I especially love the verses.

  4. thanks, Beka! :) i just love this song & it's meaning so much!

  5. ahh, me too!! if the song gives me chills just hearing it - it's a good song!! :)