O Come O Come Emmanuel / Even So Come Devotional
Titus 2:13 - "Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ."
Last Updated: February 18, 2024
We live in a world often shrouded in darkness; a realm of uncertainty, pain, and seemingly insurmountable challenges. Yet, amidst this backdrop, the lyrics of "Light Of The World (Sing Hallelujah)" by We The Kingdom reverberate like a beacon of hope. This song offers a powerful reminder that even in the midst of the darkest nights, the brilliance of God's love shines brightest. 1. Beginning and End: The lyrics initiate with an acknowledgment of Jesus as the 'Light of the world', a 'treasure of heaven'. This speaks to the eternal nature of Christ, present before the creation and persisting beyond the end. Despite the tragedies of time, despite human frailty and failure, the love of God remains undiminished. 2. The Humble Birth: The juxtaposition of a 'crown in a manger' encapsulates the profound humility of Christ's incarnation. The King of the universe, the Creator of galaxies, chose to be born in a humble stable. This wasn't an accident or a backup plan; it was a deliberate choice to showcase that the grandeur of God's love can be found in the simplest places. 3. Salvation through Sacrifice: "Born for the cross, to suffer, to save" - this line embodies the core of the Gospel. The Light didn't just shine to expose darkness; it penetrated the darkness to bring salvation. Jesus' sacrifice on the cross paved the way for humanity to step out of darkness into His marvelous light. 4. Anticipation of His Return: The song doesn't stop at the cross or the resurrection but catapults us forward in time, reminding us of Christ's promised return. And with that return comes a future where darkness is a distant memory and where God Himself is our light. Drawing inspiration from our key scripture in Isaiah, it's evident that a day is coming where the natural sources of light we've grown dependent on — the sun and the moon — will pale in comparison to the radiant glory of God. His light will be the only source we need, both illuminating our path and filling our hearts. When life seems overwhelming, when the shadows seem to grow longer, and the night darker, let's anchor our hearts to this truth: The Light of the World has come, and His radiance dispels all darkness. And not only has He come, but He promises to return, bringing an end to all sorrow and establishing an eternal day under His benevolent reign. Today, let's choose to step into this Light. Let's bask in the warmth of His love, let His truths guide our path, and let His promises uplift our souls. And as we do, may we join the chorus of believers across the ages and "Sing hallelujah to the Light of the world."Isaiah 60:19-20 - "The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end."
Our world, entangled in the chains of sin, desperately yearned for salvation. Humanity's endeavors, despite their nobility and fervor, could never bridge the chasm separating us from the divine. Yet, in His boundless love and wisdom, God orchestrated the greatest rescue mission ever known. As expressed in Phil Wickham's song "Behold," the Savior's arrival from heaven's glory to the cradle of Bethlehem is both unexpected and unparalleled. "Behold the King has come, divinity incarnate Creator of the world, breathing our air..." 1. A Divine Descent: The first verse encapsulates the magnitude of Jesus' coming. The King, the Creator, choosing to breathe our air, dwell among us, and shine His light in our midst is a profound mystery. This divine descent wasn't marked by royal fanfare but was wrapped in the humility of a baby's birth. It was a clear testament that God's ways are beyond human comprehension. 2. The Price of Love: "Behold the Father's love, beyond all comprehension He gave His only Son to die in our place..." The Father's love is profound and beyond our grasp. A love so great that He sacrificed His only Son to redeem us. Our salvation required more than just divine visitation; it demanded divine substitution. Jesus was not only born to teach, heal, and guide but, most importantly, to sacrifice Himself on the cross. His birth was a divine promise, and His death was the fulfillment of that promise. 3. The Joy of Christmas: "O Holy Night..." brings us to the reverential heart of Christmas. It invites us to drop to our knees in awe, echoing the melodies of angelic hosts, proclaiming the divinity of that sacred night. It isn't just about festive lights, joyful carols, or exchanging gifts. It's about pausing and realizing the immense depth of God's love, demonstrated in the birth and sacrifice of Jesus. 4. Eternal Worship: "Come let us adore Him..." beckons every heart to continuous worship. To adore Jesus is not just a seasonal act but an eternal commitment. Recognizing His worthiness and surrendering in adoration isn't merely a response to a song but should be the posture of our hearts each day. Today, as you ponder on the poignant themes of "Behold," allow your heart to be stirred afresh. The Savior's story isn't just a historical narrative but a living testament of God's unfailing love. In every circumstance, whether in moments of joy or amidst life's storms, let the truth of Jesus' sacrificial love anchor your soul. His coming wasn't just to illuminate a single night in Bethlehem but to brighten every facet of our lives. So, as you navigate your daily journey, may the chorus of "Behold" resonate within - driving you to ceaseless worship, profound gratitude, and unwavering faith. Let the wonder of Jesus' birth, death, and resurrection redefine your perspective, prompting you to live a life that continually beholds and magnifies the Savior.John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
The heartbeat of the Christmas story is encapsulated in a name - Immanuel. God, the Creator of the universe, choosing to dwell among us, to become one of us. The song Sing We The Song Of Emmanuel by Keith Getty, Stuart Townend, Matt Boswell, and Matt Papa beautifully captures this awe-inspiring mystery. "Sing we the song of Emmanuel This the Christ who was long foretold..." 1. Anticipation Fulfilled: Long before the star shone over Bethlehem, the world was pregnant with anticipation. Prophets spoke, people waited, and in the hush of a silent night, the promise was fulfilled. In the humble setting of a manger, the eternal God made His entrance, weaving divinity with humanity. 2. Majesty in Humility: The dichotomy is striking. The song depicts a King without a crown or throne. The invincible God, appearing vulnerable as an infant. This paradox underscores the vastness of God's love and the lengths He'd go to reconcile humanity to Himself. "Maker of Mary, now Mary's son..." It's a love story that defies logic, beckoning our hearts to respond with gratitude and wonder. 3. Proclaiming the Good News: The song doesn't let us remain silent. The joyous news of Jesus' birth is to be spread far and wide. Every heart, whether burdened or rejoicing, needs to hear this message of hope. Jesus is the light that pierces our darkest nights, the hope that never disappoints. We are the bearers of this message, and our lives should resound with the glorious refrain: "Tell the world His name is Jesus." 4. A Universal Song: The repeated "Gloria, in excelsis Deo" underscores the universal nature of this good news. It's a song that transcends cultures, languages, and generations. Heaven and earth unite in this anthem of praise. Every heart, every tongue is invited to join this celestial chorus. As you reflect on the lyrics and our key scripture from Matthew, let the reality of God's presence fill your heart afresh. Jesus, Immanuel, is not just a historical figure but a living presence. He is God with us, not just in a manger two millennia ago, but today, in our everyday moments, challenges, and celebrations. As the festivities of the season unfold, take time to pause and ponder. Let the depth of God's love, demonstrated in the coming of Jesus, permeate every aspect of your life. And as you grasp the wonder of Immanuel, let it propel you to proclaim, to share this joyous news with others. In a world riddled with uncertainties, the song of Emmanuel rings true, bringing hope, peace, and unparalleled joy. So, with hearts full and voices raised, sing we the song of Emmanuel, celebrating the God who is ever and always with us.Matthew 1:23 - "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us."