2017-12: ADVENT Thoughts 4 - O Come O Come Emmanuel - Part C: Our Light, Lord, Wisdom and Might
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Here we are, just days away from Christmas. I trust that in the activity and rush of all the plans and preparations for get-togethers, gift-giving, special meals, meaningful traditions and fun activities, that you are conscious of the great Emmanuel:

  • the God Who came — wrapped in human form to share in our vulnerabilities, weaknesses and human limitations,
  • the God Who is — the Saviour, the Giver of life, the Healer of brokenness and the Redeemer of souls,
  • the God Who will come again and Who shall continue to be — eternal, forever, unending, King of Heaven.

In my final blog on the carol O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, I want to reflect on a final few key thoughts and themes it contains.



One of the names and images depicted in this song is of our Emmanuel, the Daystar. One morning recently, as I left for my dawn walk, the clouds were quite heavy and dark, yet through it I saw the sun’s golden orb beaming through a small section of cloud, shooting its rays to the earth. The Scripture from John 1:5 came to my mind: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”.


As I walked and pondered, the words, ‘the darkness has not and can not overcome it’ rehearsed themselves in my spirit. What good news! This Scripture is, of course, referring to Jesus — the light of the world — the Daystar referred to in this carol. He is our Lord of Light, our Lord of Life, our Lord of vision, of goodness and of triumph.


In the final section of Luke 1, we find a song offered up by Zechariah after his son, John (the Baptist) was born. In it we find prophetic words about the coming Messiah:


“Because of and through the heart of tender mercy and loving-kindness of our God, a Light from on high will dawn upon us and visit [us]. To shine upon and give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to direct and guide our feet in a straight line into the way of peace.” Luke 1:78-17


Oh praise God for His light that guides and directs, and swallows up fear and death!


Adonai/God of Might/God of Wisdom/King of Nations

“O come, o come, great Lord of might (or Adonai) 

Who long ago on Sinai’s height 

gave all Your tribes the ancient law 

in cloud and majesty and awe…


O come, o wisdom from on high, 

Who ordered all things mightily; 

to us the path of knowledge show 

and teach us in its ways to go…”


With these words we find described further characteristics of the great Emmanuel. He is Lord, He is Sovereign. He is the giver of the law of life, and the true and ultimate source of wisdom.


“For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.” Proverbs 2:6-11


Through Christ, this wisdom, life, grace and salvation can now reach around the world, bringing peace, justice, wholeness, joy, protection and love. And isn’t this just what our nations are crying out for! As the final verse of the song says:


“O come, O King of nations, 

bind in one the hearts of all mankind. 

Bid all our sad divisions cease 

and be yourself our King of Peace.”


May that be our prayer, prompting our ‘yes’ and ‘amen’ this Christmas.


Merry Christmas!


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