Carols Part 2: O Come All Ye Faithful

Carols Part 2 O Come All Ye Faithful

“O Come All Ye Faithful” was originally written in Latin and is attributed to John Francis Wade, an 18th-century hymnist. Then, in 1841, an English Catholic priest named Frederick Oakeley translated it into English. It became widely popular.

“O come all ye faithful, joyful, and triumphant.”

Too often we feel the opposite: doubtful, depressed, and defeated. Maybe you feel defeated in your finances, depressed in your marriage, or doubtful about how to raise your kids. The good news is that Jesus did not call the faithful, joyful, or triumphant. The Bible reveals something quite different.

WHO DID JESUS CALL?

Matthew 11:28 (NIV) Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

1. Jesus calls the weary and burdened. 

Matthew 9:12-13 (NIV) 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.”

2. Jesus calls the sinners. Those who have made mistakes, missed the mark, messed things up, and hurt those they love.

Jesus’s version: O come all ye sinners, burdened, weak and weary! I will give you rest and help you recover your life.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (GWT) Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence.

We may start out doubtful, depressed, and defeated. But God doesn’t leave us there.

WHAT DOES JESUS HELP US BECOME?

1) Jesus helps us become more faithful.

Galatians 5:22 (NIRV) The fruit the Holy Spirit produces is love, joy and peace. It is being patient, kind and good. It is being faithful.

How many of you have ever gone through a difficult situation? Your emotions were out of control and then God gave you a verse. That verse gave you peace. It strengthened you. It steadied you. The more God’s word is a part of us the less we are shaken.

Isaiah 43:2-3 (NIV) When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

2) Jesus helps us become more joyful.

Psalm 16:11 (ESV) You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy.

Joy is the fruit of a right relationship with God. Its not something we can create by our own efforts. You can’t buy joy. Joy is a deep abiding emotion of the heart that comes from the presence of God. Happiness depends on happenings. Joy depends on Jesus!

Luke 2:10-11 (NIV) The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you.

3) Jesus helps us become more triumphant.

Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV) 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. 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.

We become triumphant because the one who fights with us is triumphant! He’s a Mighty God . . . All things are possible with Him.

Jesus calls the doubtful, depressed, and defeated; but He is returning for the faithful, joyful, and triumphant.

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