“Toda la tierra” makes use of a whole host of Advent images to announce the imminent arrival of the One for whom the whole world is waiting (st. 1). He is “God with us” (st. 2), and, along with the mountains and valleys, we must prepare for his coming (st. 3). Though born in a stable, he is present in the world today, with and in his people, proclaiming and brining liberty (st. 4).
Sing! A New Creation
The phrase “long-expected” and “the Savior promised long” are descriptors of Jesus and are familiar terms to many Christians. These words speak of generations who waited while centuries passed. Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 23 also uses such terminology in calling him the “long-awaited Messiah.” And Belgic Confession, Article 18 professes that this all happened only “at the time appointed.”
In this song, it becomes clear that the one waited for is “Emmanuel—God with us.” The confessions of the church are very eager to identify that Emmanuel as the only Son of God “according to his divine nature” (Belgic Confession, Article 10). Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Days 11-13, Questions and Answers 29-34 put great effort into explaining why he is called Jesus, Christ, and God’s only begotten Son.
When stanza 2 of “All the Earth is Waiting” sings “a virgin mother will bear Emmanuel,” it is worth considering Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 14, Question and Answer 35, which explains what the virgin birth and conception by the Holy Spirit means.