• Alex Cowan

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Updated: Dec 15, 2021

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.


Recently, I had the joy of preaching Isaiah 7. In this chapter, Isaiah declared that God would give His people a sign of His love and provision. The sign would be a Son born of a virgin named Emmanuel (God with us). The New Testament beautifully described the birth of this child and how He will be the long-promised savior. Jesus is Emmanuel. The promised Messiah who would set free His people from the bondage of their sin. How incredible that the sign God sent to reassure his people would be Himself. Amid our greatest fears, we look to the cross and are reminded of God’s love and salvation. Jesus would tell His people that in this world, we will have many tribulations but not to lose heart. Instead, Christians are called to remember that Jesus has overcome the world. Christians gather together during the Advent season to sing O come, O come, Emmanuel. This song is a modern translation of a Latin hymn written by an anonymous author. As we sing, we are reminded of God’s people many years ago who yearned to see this promised Messiah. Today, we stand in the whole light of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection; but, we too long for Him to come again and to bring to fruition the perfect Kingdom of God. I hope everyone at Skyland can sing with one voice O come, Emmanuel, this Christmas. Come again, Lord Jesus! Merry Christmas, Alex Cowan

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