Advent - O Come!

Advent - O Come!

A Light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel. Luke 2:25-32

O come, O come, Immanuel,
and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

Refrain:
Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
shall come to you, O Israel

Immanuel Has Come

  • Romans 8:23 — We still “groan within ourselves”

  • 1 Corinthians 1:7— We still “wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ”

  • 1 Thessalonians 1:10 — We still wait for final deliverance “from the wrath to come”

  • Galatians 5:5 — We still “wait for the hope of righteousness”

Already and Not Yet!

  • Ephesians 1:7-8; 4:30

  • 2 Corinthians 6:2-10

  • “The Christian life oscillates between these two poles: the overflowing joy of the “already” redeemed and the tearful yearning of the “not-yet” redeemed. Not that we ever leave the one or the other in this life. We are “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” – John Piper –

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign:
Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, 
and she will call His name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

The Messianic Titles <Latin>

  • O Sapentia (Wisdom)

  • O Adonai (God)

  • O Radix Jesse (Stem or root of Jesse)

  • O Clavis David (Key of David)

  • O Oriens (Dayspring)

  • O Rex genitium (King of the Gentiles)

  • O Emmanuel (God with us)

  • This Latin acronym S.A.R.C.O.R.E.

    • Read in reverse is ERO CRAS = “I will be with you tomorrow”

O come, O come, Immanuel,
and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

Refrain:
Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
shall come to you, O Israel.

O come, O Wisdom from on high,
who ordered all things mightily;
to us the path of knowledge show
and teach us in its ways to go.

O come, O come, great Lord of might,
who to your tribes on Sinai's height
in ancient times did give the law
in cloud and majesty and awe.

O come, O Branch of Jesse's stem,
unto your own and rescue them!
From depths of hell your people save,
and give them victory o'er the grave.

O come, O Key of David, come
and open wide our heavenly home.
Make safe for us the heavenward road
and bar the way to death's abode.

O come, O Bright and Morning Star,
and bring us comfort from afar!
Dispel the shadows of the night
and turn our darkness into light.

O come, O King of nations,
bind in one the hearts of all mankind.
Bid all our sad divisions cease
and be yourself our King of Peace.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:5

Advent Candles - The Light has come

1st Prophecy – Hope

2nd Bethlehem – Faith

3rd Shepherd – Joy

4th Angel – Love

5th The Christ – Anointed