Renowned modern hymn writer Stuart Townend, known for co-writing songs such as "How Deep The Father's Love For Us" and "In Christ Alone," is offering his song "Immanuel" for FREE for only a limited time only. The song was initially released on Townend's album The Best of Stuart Townend - Live. You can download the mp3, sheet music and chord charts of "Immanuel" for FREE HERE.
Townend offers his reflection on the song:
"This is a narrative song about Christ's birth, life, death, resurrection and impending return. People often find 'story songs' easy to understand and relate to, and this one in particular focuses on Hi s humanity, His compassion, His empathy, His own betrayal and suffering, yet his determination to win through for the sake of the human race.
The song starts with the Christmas story - probably the most familiar of the Christian narratives in our culture. Yet its retelling often becomes so softened and sanitised (often, ironically, by the carols we sing) that its true significance is greatly reduced.
In the first verse of this song I wanted to recapture some of the shocking reality of the birth of the Song on God - the scandal of an unmarried mother giving birth in a squalid, cold stable - and that God should choose for Himself such a humble path.
The final verse, about Jesus' return, is in some ways uncomfortable, but it is a necessary part of our understanding of 'the end of the story', and the vital importance of receiving God's saving grace in Christ."