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Summary: To show nature and character of our Savior – the incarnate God.

O COME, O COME EMMANUEL

Advent 2007: “Christmas in Song and Story”

Week #3

Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; 11:1-12

Special Note: This sermon will employ an A Capella vocalist to sing one verse of the Christmas hymn at strategic points throughout the sermon.

Sermon Objective: To show nature and character of our Savior – the incarnate God.

SERIES INTRO

This is our third week of Advent. This year’s theme is “Christmas in Story and Song.” We are using a different Christmas Hymn/Carol each week as our theme.

The first week we looked at O Holy Night. We discovered that even though many rejected the song because it was written and arranged by “secular people” that God claimed it and transformed the secular into the sacred. It is often God’s good pleasure to use the foolish things of the world to shame the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27) and we would do well to remember that `What God did cleanse, … declare not thou common;’ (Acts 10:15 YLT).

The following week we looked at Joy to the World. We discovered that joy has a divine origin and is not an emotion. It is evidence of the presence and approval of God.

Last week we did not meet for worship due to the winter storm.

In coming weeks we will look at:

• Today’s theme is O Come, O Come Emmanuel.

O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL: LYRICS

O come, O come, Emmanuel,

And ransom captive Israel,

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,

Who orderest all things mightily;

To us the path of knowledge show,

And teach us in her ways to go.

Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free

Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;

From depths of hell Thy people save,

And give them victory over the grave.

Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer

Our spirits by Thine advent here;

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,

And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,

And open wide our heavenly home;

Make safe the way that leads on high,

And close the path to misery.

Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, great Lord of might,

Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height

In ancient times once gave the law

In cloud and majesty and awe.

Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

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.

Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

SERMON INTRO

Isaiah 7:14

Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 11:1-12

1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD –

3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;

4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.

5 Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.

7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.

8 The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest.

9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious. 11 In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the sea.

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