Hymn 76, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
“They will call him Emmanuel. (which means, “God with us”). Matthew 1:23 NIV
I love the hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” It speaks of the good news proclaimed at Christmas: Emmanuel, God with us. Jesus came. He is one with the Father. The Father and the Son were with us, as a baby, as a boy, as a man. God came to earth. He came to dwell among us, to “pitch His tent” with us. We rejoice at the wonder of what the one true God can do. God chose to dwell among us.
It speaks of the power over the grave at Easter. “O come, thou rod of Jesse, free thy own from Satan’s tyranny. From depths of hell thy people save, and give them victory o’er the grave.” 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 says, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” We celebrate the victory and the power of the resurrection.
It speaks of God coming to His chosen people with the words, “ransom captive Israel.” Most people in Israel rejected Jesus as Savior. Jewish people are still rejecting Him today. Let this song remind us to pray that the people of the Torah will see that Messiah has come and that He wants to save them from their sin just as He saves us.
It speaks of our future homecoming. “O come, thou key of David, come, and open wide our heavenly home.” Jesus said He was going to prepare a place for us and will come again to take us there. We sing in celebration of that!
It speaks of peace. “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.”
Amen. Let it be so.