One of my favorite hymns of Advent is, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel."
O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer our spirits by thine advent here; and drive away the shades of night, and pierce the clouds and bring us light! Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!
I love this song. It is rich with truth from God's Word.
Let's begin with a little history. This song was written sometime between the 8th and 12th centuries. It was originally written in Latin. It belonged to a style of music known as "O Antiphons." What that means is they would either sing or chant these phrases, all of which started with the letter "O." That's how "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" came into being.
We're going to focus on one word from the song. Emmanuel. If you're
taking notes, you might want to write down what it means: