O Come All Ye Faithful

Posted: December 4, 2014 in thought to ponder
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Another Christmas favorite is a song originally entitled “Adeste Fideles”, which translates as O Come All Ye Faithful. Indeed, it is a call to come before Christ. This was written by John Francis Wade, an English Catholic Priest. The song summarizes a Christmas story from the angels, to the shepherds, to the wise men, and finally to us. Does this song still apply to us today?

Looking at the song, here are some things we can ponder on.

O Come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant

Sometimes we feel the opposite. We feel doubtful, depressed and defeated. We have the Christmas Blues. So many people commit suicide on the BER months.

Come and behold Him

Sometimes, the focus of Christmas is diverted to the gifts, the festivities, the food, the occassion that we forget to focus our eyes on the one who really mattered the most, Christ. So Come and behold Him! By the way, He calls us to come.

#1 He calls the weary and the tired.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

#2 He calls the sinners.
On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.…For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:12-13

Christmas is a time to pause and reflect. Our Lord calls us. If you are tired and are weary, come to Him! If you feel so far off because of your sins, come to Him!

The result of a relationship with Christ, the result of coming to Him makes us…

#1 Faithful.
Faithfulness is not natural for us. Christ is the one that transforms us to be faithful. Faithfulness comes from hearing the word.

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17 ESV

#2 Joyful.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, ….
Galatians 5:22

Joy is the fruit of a right relation with God. It is not something people can create by their own efforts.

Happiness depends on happenings, but Joy depends on Jesus!

#3 Triumphant
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. 7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. 
He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. Isaiah 9:6-7 NIV

So next time we sing this song, remember that we can come to Him because of what He did for us. We are faithful, joyful and triumphant because of Him, not on our own works. We can come to Him because He drew us to Himself.

So come! All ye faithful!


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