But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting (Micah 5:2).
While many of the hymns in my heart have been there many a year, now and then a new song pricks my heart. Such is the case with Come, O Redeemer, Come. I first heard this song only about one month ago while listening to Stephanie Seefeldt’s album Cradle & Cross. This song is used for Advent in liturgical churches but it reminds me of my total depravity and hopeless condition without my Redeemer, my Savior, Jesus Christ. In the pre-incarnate time before Christ the whole world groaned in despair. God promised Israel He would send a redeemer. God first promised the Redeemer, to be born of woman, to Adam’s seed in Genesis 3:15. Four hundred years past after God last spoke through a prophet to Israel before the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph proclaiming that the Redeemer would be born to a virgin, Mary his espoused. Most were looking for a king to rescue them from ruling oppressors but that was not their chief problem. Rather separation from God because of their transgressions was what they needed to be delivered from. The world waited in painful travail. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us (Matthew 1:21-23). The advent (or coming) of Emmanuel, the Redeemer of Adam’s seed, was near after thousands of years of human debauchery and man’s inability to recent his own sinful state.
As was the wanting for the Redeemer to come before Christ so is it with modern man, who also groans. When we realize we are totally guilty under God’s law and are without any way of cleansing our sin, we then look for, hope for the Redeemer to come to us, to call us to repentance. Some do not have room for Christ, just like the days of His birth; have you made room?
Once we are saved through His blood we call on Him often to forgive our daily sins and he does. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). In this sense we look for Him daily.
As Christians we now wait for Christ’s second advent. For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works (Titus 2:11-14).
Fernando Ortega wrote Come, O Redeemer, Come (copyright Izzy Sol Songs) in 1996. The beautiful lyrics blend times of old of waiting for the Redeemer to come to Earth with our need of a personal Savior and of a forgiving Lord. We can sing this song during Advent but also we should hallow it in our hearts daily.
Father enthroned on high,
Ancient, eternal Light,
Hear our prayer.
chorus: Come, oh Redeemer, come,
Grant us mercy.
Come, oh Redeemer, come,
Grant us peace.
Lord, save us from the dark,
Of our striving,
Faithless and troubled hearts,
Look now upon our need,
Lord be with us.
Heal us and make us free,
From our sin.
You may hear a short clip of Come, O Redeemer, Come here from Stephanie Seefeldt’s Cradle & Cross album. Links to purchase the song or entire album are available at http://www.stephanieseefeldt.com/StephanieSeefeldt/music.html.
Bible source: King James Version of the Holy Bible