O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
13 Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of men? Will you try the patience of my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:13-14)
18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:18-23)
O Come, O Come, Immanuel… So starts the beautiful Latin hymn proclaiming the multi-faceted blessing of the coming of the Messiah. Foretold to King Ahaz (and thereby to all of Israel). Explained to Joseph in a dream — the man chosen to be his earthly father. Immanuel – “God with us.”
This hymn calls upon “God with us” to come and make things right. To come and be Israel’s ransom. To come and bring wisdom and order. To come and give the Law with his presence. To come give his people victory over death. To come and open heaven. To come and bring comfort. To come and establish peace.
For today, review the list above — which of these things do you need? Immanuel — Jesus — is your provision.