O Come, Emmanuel
Christmas for most people is a time of great joy and celebration. I say ‘most people’ because I know firsthand that it is not universally true. Having worked in nursing homes for many years, I saw many people in our care who suffered much from loneliness, all through the year but especially during the Christmas season.
God knew from the very beginning that it was not good for us to be alone, thus he made a helpmate for Adam. Together, Adam and Eve worked and helped each other, even if they did get into a little trouble.
God used that trouble to set His plan in motion. The plan where He, Himself, would come through His Son, to forever cure man’s ‘trouble’ with sin and his suffering from loneliness. God would be able to fulfill man’s deep desire for connection by offering an eternal relationship with Him.
This plan was announced hundreds of years before through God’s faithful prophets. The faithful Israelites heard these promises and began to figuratively sing the words of my favorite Christmas song, “O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.”
Not only would they be rescued, but God would be with them! That calls for rejoicing!
This is the coming of God that we remember and celebrate at Christmas. We also can rejoice because we have been rescued by Jesus and Jesus is with us, even today.
God is always faithful to His word. While Jesus was here he told us of another time when He would come – the end of time as we know it. At that time, He will establish the true and complete reign of God over all of creation and the new dwelling place of men will be without suffering of any kind because we will be with God.
Do we say today, like the faithful Israelites of old and the Apostle John at the end of Revelation, “Come, Lord Jesus”?
~ David Eversole