Advent Series, Part 1 12/02/2005
- O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
You might wonder, as I used to, why should we sing a song asking Jesus coming
into the world, when He did that 2000 years ago. And if we are talking about
the Second Coming, why limit the song to the Christmas season?
The theology is sound. The song asks Christ to cause "envy, strife and
discored" to cease. And indeed, when Christ returns for the seconnd time, He will
bring peace. As Isaiah 9 teaches us, the lion will lay down with the lamb. As
Revelation promises, there will be no more pain, no more tears.
But how does this song relate to our everyday lives? We should be asking
Christ to come into our lives every day. We should invite him via prayer, Bible
study and the fellowship of those who reflect Him in their behavior.
We should invite Christ to be a part of every decision, every relationship.
We should invite Him to mold our hearts and attitudes toward others. We should
invite Christ into the relationship with difficult people. Are there areas of
our lives that we cordon off from His influence? There shouldn't be.
Christ paid for our lives with HIs own; everything we have and are belong to
I encourage you to think about the words of this song, and when you sing it,
silently pray to God to come into every part of your lives. It's a
revolutionary prayer; it can change your lives.
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