The Israelites were desperate for reconciliation with God, for restoration to their homeland, and for deliverance from captivity.
Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
What holds us captive is different. Our exile is more likely to be from something, not someplace.
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Yet through our struggles, just like the Israelites, we continue to rely on the Lord.
Israel’s Strength and Consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.
They longed for a strong ruler.
Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
What they were given was far greater.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
What we’ve been given is immeasurable.
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.
That the God of the universe comes to us at the point of our deepest need…that he intersects our life with his loving presence in Christ Jesus, our Savior, our Redeemer…that’s what His birth is all about.
All praise be to God!
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Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus lyrics by Charles Wesley, 1744