O Come, Emmanuel (Pastor Brian Newman)

Today on the blog, Brian Newman, our Pastor of Leadership Development, shares his favorite Christmas carol.

I did not grow up celebrating Christmas, and we did not sing Christmas hymns or carols in my youth. I remember when I first learned Christmas carols I was quickly enthralled with “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”

There was a certain yearning, a calling from deep in the writer’s soul, for God to send his Messiah. It is haunting and yet hopeful, a plea for Israel to return to its first love … of God and his Anointed One.

And if you listen to all the lyrics of the hymn, it is beautiful how this newborn Messiah is described:

O come, O come, Emmanuel
O come, O Wisdom from on high
O come, O come, great Lord of might
O come, O Branch of Jesse’s stem
O come, O Key of David
O come, O Bright and Morning Star,
O come, O King of nations

I listen to the hymn again and again, and I wonder what the world will be like when Jesus is THE Wisdom from on high, when he is THE great Lord of Might, and when he is seen and followed as THE King of nations.

And so as the hymn closes, I choose to REJOICE in this season because the coming Emmanuel has arrived in our world that so desperately needs him.

O come, O come, Emmanuel!

In your life and in mine,

Pastor Brian Newman

Brian Rice