O Come, All Ye Faithful

During advent this year, I am writing a series of posts about some of my favorite Christmas Hymns. If you want more context, you can read my introductory post, Why I Love Christmas Hymns first. This week, I will be writing about the song "O Come, All Ye Faithful.

Lyrics

O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

O Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven God's holy word.
Give to our Father glory in the Highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning,
O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

O Come, All ye faithful, joyful and triumphant

This hymn begins with a call for all the faithful to come. Advent is a time of year when we are all called to come, and consider Jesus, when we are ushered into a fresh remembrance of Jesus coming to earth. As we draw nearer to Christmas, let this be an invitation for all of us to come with fresh eyes to the incarnation, when God became flesh and dwelt among us.

The call is not just to come, but it gives us a posture for our coming. Joyful and triumphant. As God's people, we are called to have joy in all circumstances. Because we know that no matter what happens, Jesus has already won our freedom through his death on the cross. Whether we have had a really rough year, or whether it has been great, Advent is a time of joy, not in circumstances, but in Jesus.

Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing

Jesus is the word made flesh (John 1), and this phrase is a reminder that he is God. Jesus came as one who is fully God and fully man. Some want to emphasize Christ's humanity at the sacrifice of his divinity. Others will focus on his divinity and minimize his humanity. The Jesus of the Scriptures is both, fully God and fully man.

At Christmas, we celebrate that the God-Man came to live among us. He was born into this crazy and messed up world, to bring God's Kingdom to bear upon all of creation.

At Christmas, we celebrate that the God-Man came to live among us.

Glory to God, all glory in the highest

The glory of Christmas belongs to God, all glory belongs to Him. It is easy to make Christmas about us. We can make it about our expectations, our wants and our desires. Many will measure the success of this Christmas season by whether they have accomplished all the items on their list, whether they received the gifts they wanted or whether or not they had the magical family time they envisioned. Not bad things, but they are not the measure of a successful Christmas.

The Glory of Christmas belongs to God. Give him your attention this year, and take it off yourself.

O come, let us adore Him

As we come, our response is adoration. Find ways to cultivate adoration in your spirit this advent season. Find a Christmas concert to attend, read an advent devotion, have rich conversation around your tree and invite others to adore him as well. Find outlets that God can use to stir your affections for Him.

The song

Here is a video of Hillsong singing O Come, All Ye Faithful. It is on their Born is the King album, although they have titled it, O Come Let us Adore Him.