O Come All Ye Faithful

What Does This Song Say?

Originally written in Latin, Adeste Fideles, the song “Come All Ye Faithful” is a powerful song about finding joy in the person of Jesus Christ. The song begins with an invitation to God’s faithful, or those who believe. Believers are those faithfully following Christ and putting their trust in Him. We are called to gather as believers and adore (love, respect, honor, worship) Christ together – worship this person that causes angels from heaven to sing for joy. We are called to wake up every morning, greet the Lord with the expectation that we are going to interact with the living God.

When we interact with this God, there is nothing we can do except give Him all the glory. This means pushing aside our own needs, laying down our pride, looking out for the good of others, and allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us. The Word, who is God and has been God from eternity past, has become a man. The song borrows from the Nicene Creed saying, “true God of true God, light from light eternal.” He is the perfect image of the invisible God and has come so that He could die on a cross and raise to life.

He came to defeat sin and death. He came to pay the debt that we owe, but cannot pay. He came to take our place on the cross and satisfy the wrath of God. The “Word of the Father, now in flesh” has come to bring life, and life abundant. The abundant life is the life that lays itself down for the furthering of God’s Kingdom. The abundant life is a life that is wholly devoted to the worship of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Without much thought, this song can be sung as a song of triumph and praise. This is a great way to sing the song, but I want to call you to sing this song with the deeper call discussed above. The chorus is a repetitious prayer that we would focus our lives on Christ: “O come let us adore Him. O come let us adore Him. O come let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord.” Worshipping Christ is the one action that we were designed and created for. All of God’s creation worships their Creator; we are joining creation and the angels in singing endless praise to God.


Matthew 2:1-2

1-2 “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him.”

Luke 2:15

15 “When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

Luke 2:26-27, 30-31

26-27, 30-31 “In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin bethrothed to a man whose nam was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary…And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus.”

John 1:1-5, 14

1-5, 14 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Hebrews 1:3

“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the Word of His power.”

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