O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Exploring an ancient Advent hymn

Advent is a four-week period of time in the Christian calendar that focuses our attention on the “advent,” or coming, of Jesus Christ. We look back to Jesus’s first coming and forward to his second coming. It’s a time of anticipation, longing, and waiting. Perhaps more than any other song, the hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” signals the start of the Advent season.

In this episode, Ryan explores the hymn’s rich history and theology.

This talk was given on December 3, 2023, at Grace Bible Church in Escondido, California.