The Hymns of Christmas can express the longing of our hearts in a deep, moving way.
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus was another Charles Wesley hymn, and it expresses our desire that Jesus would come to the world…and to our own lives.
This time, just listen, take in the words, and pray as you are led afterward!
Come Thou long expected Jesus, Born to set Thy people free! From our fears and sins release us, Let us find our rest in Thee! Israel’s strength and consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art! Dear desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart!
Joy to those who long to see Thee, Dayspring from on high appear! Come, Thou promised rod of Jesse, of Thy birth we long to hear! O’er the hills the angels singing, News–glad tidings of a birth! “Go to Him, your praises bringing–Christ the Lord has come to Earth!”
Come to earth to taste our sadness, He who’s glories knew no end. By His life He brings us gladness–Our Redeemer, Shepherd, Friend! Leaving riches without number, born within a cattle stall; this the everlasting wonder–Christ was born the Lord of all!
Born Thy people to deliver, Born a child and yet a King! Born to reign in us forever, Now Thy gracious kingdom bring! By Thine own eternal spirit, Rule in all our hearts alone! By Thine all sufficient merit, Raise us to Thy glorious throne!
Consider and Discuss:
The implications of the last verse. What would it look like if we lived with Him “reigning” in our lives, and “ruling” in our hearts?