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 ev’ry nation,
Joy of ev’ry 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, 1744
Read Haggai 2:6-7
(During the season of Advent, we cannot separate Christ’s First Coming from His Second. It carries an understanding that the full release from our sins until we rest in Him, that eternal Kingdom rest. This thread also runs through the Lord’s Prayer – Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Let us be bold to pray, “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus.”)