Christmas 2019 Part 2: O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Luke 1:5-17

by Mike Deguzman

I. The Writer and Background

Galatians 4:4-5

S – Sapientia – Wisdom
A – Adonai – Lord
R – Radix Jesse – Root of Jesse
C – Clavis David –  Key of David
O – Oriens – Dayspring
R – Rex Gentiums – Desire of nations
E – Emmanuel – God with us

II. The Meaning

1. Wisdom

O Come, Thou Wisdom, from on high, and order all things far and nigh; to us the path of knowledge show, and teach us in her ways to go.

Proverbs 1:2-4
1 Corinthians 1:24

2. Lord

O Come, O Come Thou Lord of might who to thy tribes on Sinai’s height in ancient times did give the law in cloud, and majesty, and awe.

3. Root of Jesse

O Come thou rod of Jesse’s stem from every foe deliver them that trust Thy mighty power to save and give them victory over the grave.

Isaiah 11:1
Revelation 5:5

4. Key of David

O come, Thou key of David come and open wide our heavnly home, make safe the way that leads on high that we no more have cause to sigh

5. Dayspring

O come, Thou Dayspring from on high, and cheer us by thy drawing nigh; disperse the gloomy clouds of night and death’s dark shadow put to flight. 

Luke 1:78-79
Revelation 22:5

6. Desire of Nations

O come, Desire of nations, bind in one the hearts of all mankind; Bid Thou our sad divisions cease, and be Thyself our King of Peace.

Haggai 2:7

7. Emmanuel

O Come O come, Emmanuel and ransom captive Israel that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.

Isaiah 7:14
Matthew 20:28
1 Peter 1:18 (ESV)
Psalm 126:1-3