“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel (God with us).” Isaiah 7:14
The prophet Isaiah foreshadowed the virgin birth of Jesus long before the account of Jesus’ birth in the gospels. When I read it, I can’t help but feel elated to see how it all fell into place, 700 years after the time of Isaiah.
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel is a translation of a 19th century Latin text based on the biblical prophecy from Isaiah 7:14. This passage foretells the virgin birth of Immanuel, God with Us, which will be a sign from the Lord himself. We read in Matthew 1:22-23 that this prophecy was fulfilled in the birth of Jesus.
This is probably one of the most solemn Christmas songs we hear every year during the holiday season. I find it interesting that while this carol is sung all over the world as nothing more than a Christmas song, people are in fact singing a prophetic message that has been fulfilled.
There is power in spoken words, and more specifically, there is power in spoken words that are prophetic in nature. What people don’t realize is that every time they sing this song, they are in fact proclaiming that Jesus is the Son of God incarnate: the Messiah. This is a song of proclamation as well as a song of hope!
The people cried out for a Savior and God responded by sending His Son into the world. From now on, every time you hear or sing this Christmas carol, remember, that this is isn’t just a solemn, holiday song. It is a proclamation of the greatest gift to mankind—a Savior!
Rejoice, Rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee, oh Israel!