The LORD promised restoration to His people in exile. When we think on Jesus’ birth, we remember how we who were once exiled in sin are restored in Him.

BibleGateway: Jeremiah 31:1-6

ESV Text: Jeremiah 31:1-6

KJV Text:

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     1 At the same time, saith the LORD, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. 2 Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest. 3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. 4 Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry. 5 Thou shalt yet plant vines upon the mountains of Samaria: the planters shall plant, and shall eat them as common things. 6 For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 62:
Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel

— Organ Audio

1. Oh, come, Oh, come, Emmanuel, 
And ransom captive Israel 
That mourns in lonely exile here 
Until the Son of God appear. 
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 
Shall come to thee, O Israel. 

2. Oh, come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free 
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny; 
From depths of hell Thy people save 
And give them victory o’er the grave. 
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 
Shall come to thee, O Israel. 

3. Oh, come, Thou Dayspring from on high, 
And cheer us by Thy drawing nigh; 
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night 
And death’s dark shadows put to flight. 
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 
Shall come to thee, O Israel. 

4. Oh, come, Thou Key of David, come 
And open wide our heavenly home: 
Make safe the way that leads on high 
And close the path to misery. 
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 
Shall come to thee, O Israel.