Sunday Devotional: “O Come O Come Emmanuel”

“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, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel”

Today is Christmas Day.  Today is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus.  The one who is called Immanuel (God With Us).  Before Jesus birth, there was a 400 year gap between the prophets last hearing from the Lord.  The people were waiting for the Messiah to come.  They were in bondage and needed to be freed.

However, when Jesus came He was not the Messiah that everyone expected.  He was born of a virgin in a manger in a town that was not expected to have someone of prestige be born from (Bethlehem).  But when Jesus was born there choirs of angels singing and there were shepherds praising.  And ultimately Jesus came to ransom everyone from the bondage of sin.

These are some of the lyrics of one of my favorite Christmas songs.  It has been a tradition on the blog that I post different versions of this song every year on Christmas Day.  This year here is a version by Jeremy Camp: