Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

“Our God is the great maker of promises. His Word, the Bible, is quite simply a collection of the promises He has made to us. In the beginning God told Adam and Eve, I will send someone who will crush the head of the serpent. A promise. Most of the other promises in the Bible – if you look closely at them – are only a variation on that same theme. They concern Jesus, who would come to be known after all as the “Promised One.” Through all these promises, God was trying to give something of Himself to Adam and to Israel – and finally to us. The Bible tells us that when the Promised One finally came, the Lord poured all of Himself into Him.

In the fullness of time what God had desired to do through the ages happened: He gave all of HImself to us through Jesus Christ, the Word of God, spoken at an incalculable price.” -Michael Card, from Immanuel

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.

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.

-Charles Wesley

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