Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Gift of Emmanuel

The Jews looked for a Savior, a Messiah, someone to free them from their bondage.

O come, o come Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lowly exile here
Until the Son of God appears

Are we that different? Often I feel trapped here on earth, exiled from Paradise until the Son of God appears. I mourn for something better. Yet the old song reminds me I have nothing to fear, nothing to grieve.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Jesus came. And with Him brought new life for all who believe.

Oh come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Thy people with Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight

Even death cannot separate me from the love of God.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

For those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

O Come Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan's tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o'er the grave

Because He came, I have hope. I know this is not all there is. I know my future is secure. I may be banished for a time on earth, but one day I'll live with Him in Paradise.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

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Denise said...

Amen sis, amen.

Ms. Kathleen said...

I love this song... I watched The Nativity last night and it is sung at the beginning, in Latin... Powerful!

This is such a beautiful version that you have shared and your words are so true. I love my life but I long for eternity with my Savior.

God Bless and Merry Christmas -