Oh Come All Ye Faithful

Oh Come All Ye Faithful

Friday, November 26th, 2010

“Oh, come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant!
Oh, come ye, oh, come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him
Born the king of angels:
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.”

Let’s take a quick walk back in time. Think back to one of the greatest surprises you’ve ever had. Perhaps it was a vacation your parents kept a secret from you? Maybe it was getting something you really wanted for Christmas? For some it might be how unexpectedly you met the person you now call your husband or wife. We all have had moments in life that have been a cherished surprise to us.

“Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” is a song with a mysterious origin, but the words of the first verse read like someone has found something they had always wanted to find. Haven’t you ever called someone asking them to come and see the awesome thing you have just found or have been given? To the suffering Jewish people in the first century AD, one thing they would have certainly been hoping to find would have been the promised Messiah. So the song sings as if the writer is saying, “Come on! Hurry! You won’t believe what just came to Bethlehem! It’s amazing.”

While this song is a song of excitement, it is also a song of praise. Here are the words of the third verse.

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee
Born this happy morning
Jesus, to Thee be all glory given
Word of the Father
Now in flesh appearing
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Oh, come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.”

This verse speaks of the praise we ought to show God for sending us his Son, the Word of the Father. Throughout the first chapter of the Gospel of John, we learn that Jesus is also identified as the Word. This verse is probably best related to John 1:14.

“The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” John 1:14 [HCSB]

This is why we can sing this last verse of praise to God. Jesus, God’s Living Word, came to us and lived as we live. We know the rest of the story. He died for our sins on the cross, and rose from the grave to show us that we who believe in him will have a new life with him one day.

A glorious life, a sacrificial death and a triumphant return to life are just a few reasons why we have the refrain, “oh come let us adore him.” We can adore him because of the love he showed us in how he healed the sick in Matthew 14:34-36 or Luke 14:1-5. We can adore him because of the kindness he showed in feeding the hungry in Mark 8:1-10. We can adore him for how he knows and calls us to repentance like the Samaritan woman of John 4. We can adore him for his power over life and death as displayed by his raising of Lazarus in John 11:38-34.

This familiar Christmas Carol calls us who are the faithful to remember not only how Jesus came to earth, but how he is the God we all long to fellowship with throughout our lives. Do you cherish Jesus and all he has done, or is it still just a nice story to you? Would you answer a call for the faithful to adore him, or are you still unsure that you can place your faith in him?

Regardless of what others will say, Christmas is about celebrating God’s gift to us in sending His son, Jesus. What better time of year to take some time and learn to adore the gift that was born in Jerusalem over 2000 years ago?

Written by Timothy Hegerich – Edited by Caroline Hegerich

There is truth in our world, and it lies within the word of the One who created the world.  It is my prayer that my thoughts and writings echo this truth and inspire you to seek it for your life today!

Want to Listen? TobyMac’s “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” (Note: This is a Contemporary Rendition)

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