Rev. James Yonkers, pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danville, IL, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Lutheran Service Book #332, “Savior of the Nations, Come.”
Written in the 300s by Ambrose of Milan, this hymn teaches us to pray that Jesus would come to us as the Savior. He made His home among us in His incarnation, and He still makes His home with us in His Church. The hymn speaks of the humble work of Jesus as the Word made flesh. Fully God, He became fully man when He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus ran His course for our salvation through the humility of suffering and death and into the exaltation of resurrection and ascension. Because the Son of God has won this victory in our flesh, we pray for His coming and abide in the light of His Word.
“The Hymns of Advent” is a series on Sharper Iron that looks at a variety of the hymns found in the Advent section Lutheran Service Book. The season of Advent prepares us for Christ’s coming. The hymns of Advent teach that this is more than getting ready for Christmas; the Word of the Lord sung in hymnody helps us to receive Christ as He comes to us now in the means of grace and when He comes again in glory on the Last Day.
Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen.
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Lutheran Service Book 332
Author (attributed to): Ambrose of Milan, 340-397
Author (German version): Martin Luther, 1483-1546
Translator (st. 7): Gifford A Grobien, b. 1973
Translator (sts. 1-2): William M. Reynolds, 1812-76
Translator (sts. 4-5, 8): F. Samuel Janzow, 1913-2001
Tune: NUN KOMM, DER HEIDEN HEILAND