This is my favorite Christmas song.  Be sure to read the words.  An interpretation has been provided below…

 

 

According to the Global Ministries Website:

The words painted a rich illustration of the many biblical prophesies fulfilled by Christ’s birth. So the story of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is really a condensed study of the Bible’s view of the Messiah-who he was, what lie represented and why lie had to come to Earth….the song’s lyrics reveal the unfolding story of the Messiah.

For the people of the Dark Ages-few of whom read or had access to the Bible-the song was one of the few examples of the full story of how the New and Old Testament views of the Mes­siah came together in the birth and life of Jesus. Because it brought the story of Christ the Savior to life during hundreds of years of ignorance and darkness, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” ranks as one of the most important songs in the history of the Christian faith.