Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

“And I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts.” 

Haggai 2:7

Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus is often one of the first Advent songs we sing and is one of my favorites. It was written by Charles Wesley, and it focuses on the “long-expected Jesus” who was born to set us free from sin, and to bring us salvation by His death. Even though we know that Christ goes with us and before us every day, we also long for the day when we are with Him in all of His fullness and glory. Here are the lyrics:

Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus

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
Day-spring 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 whose 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 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

Words: Charles Wesley; Music: Rowland H. Prichard; stanzas 2–3, Mark E. Hunt, © 1978, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship; CCLI #2850991

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