A Christmas Long Ago
O come, O come Emmanuel….Rejoice, Rejoice Emmanuel…
Shall come to thee…O Israel.
The strains of a familiar hymn fill my mind as I listen to the sounds of Christmas.
Interesting isn’t it that a Christian hymn writer in the 1800’s would encapsulate in the lyrics of a hymn, the Jewish cry through the centuries that God would come and be with His people (Emmanuel means “God with us”) as in days of old.
And so the Nation of Israel not recognizing the first advent of their Messiah waits yet another year for their Messiah to come, so that they too will be able to sing the end of the hymn….Rejoice, Rejoice Emmanuel…(”God is with US”), Shall come to thee, O Israel.
My house is full of family and friends. I have walked to the front door of my home, away from the noise of the family gathered in the kitchen. As I look out the side window next to the front door, I began to reflect on the light shining from my porch light.
The outer darkness that surrounds my home; is pierced by the porch light that emanates a soft welcoming light to those who are approaching. The darkness as always bows the knee and recedes before the light. For the power of light is far greater than that of darkness. The light proclaims here is the way to my home,
Come, O Come out of the darkness into my light where you will find love, companionship, comfort and rest.
The light beckons to all who were invited to find my home and enjoy my company; just as the light of Christ beckons your soul to spend eternity with HIM. Matthew refers to those who will reside outside the New Jerusalem (the city of God) away from God, as living away from His Light for eternity in outer darkness forever.
The wind has been gently kicking up. The predicted snowfall is beginning. The tiny wind funnels of snowflakes begin dancing before my eyes. Swirling patterns of dazzling white snow with sparkling diamonds dance for joy in the light coming to rest on the ground forming a white blanket covering the earth.
The earth once covered in darkness beyond the light from my porch is now turning white. The white blanket of snow begins to reflect light causing the shadows to recede even further.
The light emanating from my porch represents to me the light of Christ, the Messiah who came long ago. The One God refers to in the Bible as “The Light of the World” who will cause darkness to recede, while leading all people who have been invited, to His door.
(No one has been left out of His invitation to come in to Him…not even you.)
The light illumines the white of the snow that whirls around the door. The snow represents His purity and righteousness; His righteousness that we all must acquire before we can enter through His door that opens into Heaven.
God has made it clear, that only those that are Holy and perfect according to His standards can enter Heaven. He also has made it clear that not one of us is good enough to get in on our own merit.
Isaiah 64:6 in the Old Testament says, “All our righteous deeds are like filthy garments. This is echoed by the Apostle Paul in Romans 3:9 when he said, “Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin…there is no one righteous, not even one.”
I am looking forward to the Second Coming of Yeshua / Jesus and The New Jerusalem. What about you? Are you remembering to celebrate the reason for the HOLYday?
In eternity past before the foundations of the world God set into time the Birth Date of Emmanuel (God with us), His Son Jesus, the Messiah / the Christ of all humanity.
It was at the Fullness of Time that HE CAME ALREADY.
Jesus the “Light of the World”, the ONE who’s coming we celebrate.