Here’s another Advent gem that we sang this morning—Michael Card’s “Immanuel.” I never make it through this one, either, without breaking down at some point. It’s simple, tender, and true. Above all, it’s filled with hope for those of us who know we’re broken deep down and stand in need of a Savior.
Below is a rendition by a collection of school choirs from Cheshire and the Wirral (a peninsula in North West England) joining their voices in Chester Cathedral to celebrate the Incarnation and the Epiphany. A wonderful song is made even more special by the young voices who sing it. The opening line is from Isaiah 7:14, the famous prophecy about a virginal conception and the surprising name given to the resulting child.
im = the Hebrew word for “with”
anu = the Hebrew word for “us”
El = a shortened form of the Hebrew word Elohim, “God”
Jesus is the “with-us God.” And if God is with us, who can stand against us? Be blessed by this choral arrangement of Michael Card’s modern classic—especially if you’ve stumbled in the darkness. We’re the reason he came.
A sign shall be given
A virgin will conceive
A human baby bearing
The Glory of the nations
A Light for all to see
And Hope for all who will embrace
His warm reality
Immanuel, our God is with us
And if God is with us
Who could stand against us?
Our God is with us, Immanuel
For all those who live in the shadow of death
A glorious Light has dawned
For all those who stumble in the darkness
Behold your Light has come
So, what will be your answer;
O will you hear the call?
Of Him who did not spare His Son,
But gave Him for us all
On earth there is no power,
There is no depth or height
That could ever separate us from
The love of God in Christ
Time to go set up some more Christmas trees. They’re beautiful reminders that “a glorious Light has dawned.”