The Word has Become Flesh and Dwelt Among Us

Merry Christmas! Blessed Nativity! Happy Feast of the Incarnation of our Lord!

“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is one of my top five all time hymns, and my favorite of the Advent hymns. If you go back and read the words, it sweeps up the great themes of the Bible in the names of God and reinterprets that history in Christ.

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

Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
shall come to you, O Israel.

2 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. Refrain

3 O come, O come, great Lord of might,
who to your tribes on Sinai's height
in ancient times did give the law
in cloud and majesty and awe. Refrain

4 O come, O Branch of Jesse's stem,
unto your own and rescue them!
From depths of hell your people save,
and give them victory o'er the grave. Refrain

5 O come, O Key of David, come
and open wide our heavenly home.
Make safe for us the heavenward road
and bar the way to death's abode. Refrain

6 O come, O Bright and Morning Star,
and bring us comfort from afar!
Dispel the shadows of the night
and turn our darkness into light. Refrain

7 O come, O King of nations, bind
in one the hearts of all mankind.
Bid all our sad pisions cease
and be yourself our King of Peace. Refrain

My challenge to you is read your Bible this year. This hymn and many others show us how a rich Biblical language is key to understanding and speaking about God.

We have many great resources for the journey, and we will be exploring them together this year. But nothing replaces just reading and listening to the word.

“The Word has become flesh and dwelt among us.”

A good place to begin the year is in the Gospel of Mark. It is our primary gospel on Sundays and the shortest of the four gospels. And I will see you soon.

The Rev. Daniel P. Richards
Christ Church of the Ascension
Paradise Valley, Arizona