Abraham believed. I like to think O Come, O Come Emmanuel is the Israelite’s cry for their saving promise. The song definitely wasn’t their doing, it is an ancient hymn originally penned in Latin and chanted by monks in abbeys across Europe. I find it amazing that we still sing this song in modern times. It has truly stood the test of time and truth.
This song is the sum of our words for this season: anticipate, wonder, and believe. It is the story of the Israelites and their desire for God’s promise of a Savior and King to manifest on earth. It is now the cry of Christians to bring the Savior a second time, bringing heaven to earth.
Christmas is a celebration of what has been done and what is to come. Jesus came once and fulfilled God’s first promise regarding His Son. Yet, there is a second promise. Jesus is the King that has come and will come again (Revelation 1:8). The fulfillment of a new earth and an eternal reign lived in peace.
My favorite version of this song is by Bethany Dillon. The song is quiet and haunting, leaving my spirit searching and restful all at the same time. The words are a good read without the music. This song is filled with scripture arranged for a powerful look at God’s promise of a Savior who was and is and yet to come.