Is there anyone here today who feels that they simply have no life left in them? Is there anyone here who feels that they are “used up” and “burnt out”—exhausted? And not only that, they fear that the whole people of God is nothing but “dead wood”? Then we say to that person, “Brother, Sister, take heart! Look! From the dead stump of our failure, God raises up a new and living sprout. He comes to bring you life. His name is Emmanuel. He is God with- us and He is with you, too. So rejoice and sing:”
O come, Thou Branch of Jesse’s tree,
Free them from Satan’s tyranny
That trust Thy mighty pow’r to save,
And give them vict’ry o’er the grave.
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!