According to the song, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” Jesus is a “dayspring.” That’s an obsolete word that means “dawn.” But why would you call Jesus that? Pastor Luke preaches from Luke 1 in “Dayspring,” the concluding message in his series “O Come, Emmanuel.”
The song “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” prays for the “Desire of Nations” to come. Is that Jesus or someone else? What does it even mean? The answer may surprise you. Pastor Luke looks at Haggai 2 in “Desire of Nations,” part 3 of his 4-part series “O Come, Emmanuel.”
Note: Pastor Luke also published a blog entry referencing the buildings he mentions in this message.
The song “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” asks Emmanuel, who we learned about last week, to come and “ransom captive Israel.” Who is captive Israel, and why does he (or they?) need to be ransomed? The song goes on to say that Israel “mourns in lonely exile” here. Why is Israel mourning, and what does all this have to do with Christmas, anyway? Pastor Luke teaches from Isaiah 35 in “Ransom Captive Israel,” part 2 of his 4-part series “O Come, Emmanuel.”
The song “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” gets its name from one of the many titles for Jesus: “Emmanuel,” a word that mean “God is with us,” that God is on our side, that God has our back, that God is able and willing to do whatever’s required to get us through our circumstances. When things are going well, that’s a pleasant thought, but it can be hard to hang onto in the midst of bad circumstances. How does it apply to Jesus? What does Jesus tell us that helps us hold onto the idea of “Emmanuel, God with us?” Pastor Luke teaches from Isaiah 7 in “Emmanuel,” the first message in a new series “O Come, Emmanuel.”
People often remark how the songs of Advent aren’t as popular as Christmas carols. They aren’t played in grocery stores, and you don’t hear them when shopping for Christmas presents. But we still sing them in church, and sometimes, we may wonder why. In December, Pastor Luke will be preaching a series of messages drawing on the ideas behind “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” one of the more familiar Advent songs. (The series begins on December 1, 2013 and runs for 4 messages.)