God is with us…Emmanuel! Beginning today, even though it’s still November, we will looks at Christmas through Christ! Stay tuned for encouragement and hope as we discover the Christ Child, the Creator of the World and the Redeemer of our souls.
The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him ‘Emmanuel’, which means ‘God with us.’ Matthew 1:23.
In the Middle Ages, monks observed Advent as a time of meditation and serious consideration of The Second Coming. This beloved hymn was penned almost 1200 years ago by an anonymous monk in Europe. It is said to have come from a set of Latin verses called the “O antiphons“, performed in monasteries in the 8th century. An antiphon just means that two choirs sat opposite each other, singing the verses alternately.
The verses each referred to titles of the Messiah, telling of His coming. The five mentioned in the song are:
Emmanuel (God with us)-Isaiah 7:14 NKJV. “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.“
Lord of Might-Exodus 19:16 NKJV. “Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled.”
Rod (Branch) of Jesse-Isaiah 11:1 NIV. “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.” Isaiah 11:10. NIV. “In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.”
Dayspring (Morning Star)-Numbers 24:17 KJV. “I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.”
Key of David-Isaiah 22:22 KJV. “And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.”
In 1851, John Mason Neale translated it from Latin to English and called it Draw nigh, draw nigh, Emmanuel. Eventually it became known as we adore it today, O Come, O come, Emamnuel.
Today, we are cumbered about with many things during this blessed season. Sure, we have our Christmas music playing, some of it even includes beloved hymns. We attend church and hear about the coming of the Christ Child. Hopefully we take time as a family to reflect on the real meaning of Christmas.
Wouldn’t it be good if, this year, we could not only look back at why Jesus came as an infant but we could look ahead at His ultimate promise?
The coming of the Lord for His Bride!
We can look around us and see how much things have changed in our world just in 2015. We can lay our newspaper alongside our Bible and be amazed as we watch prophecy unfold before our very eyes. Yet we do not despair! We look up for we know our redemption draws closer every day.
We are blessed to have relationship with Him now, to know Him now, to celebrate His first coming…now.
We invite Him to come!
I pray I won’t leave Jesus in the manger but realize His purpose in coming the first time was to conquer death, hell and the grave so He might come a SECOND TIME for us!
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!