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“Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” was penned by the famous Charles Wesley and included in his Hymns for the Nativity of our Lord (1744).
“But those who HOPE in the Lord will renew their strength”. – Isaiah 40:31
For a refresher course on what Advent is, check out my advent playlist!
Suggested Reading: O Holy Night is the 1 Christmas Album You Need
Advent Playlist – 25 Christmas Hymns
1. A Strange Way to Save the World
2. Angel Gabriel
3. Angels From the Realms of Glory
4. Christ is the World’s True Light
Day 5. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus is a beautiful Christmas hymn for the Advent Season that illustrates the two-fold purpose of the Season – (1) remembering the birth of Christ, and (2) fiercely desiring Christ’s second coming.
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus Lyrics –
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.
Dallyn Vail Bayles (Les Miserables, Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration) gives my most favorite performance of Come Thou Long Expected Jesus on his 2019 Christmas album, O Holy Night.
Scripture Reading for Day Five of Advent –
2 Corinthians 4:7-15
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.
Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’
Advent Playlist – Days 6 to 25
6. The Crown of Roses
7. E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come
8. Gesu Bambino
9. I Heard the Bells on Christmas
10. I Wonder as a Wander
11. Jesus Christ The Apple Tree
12. The King Shall Come
13. The Little Drummer Boy
14. Mary, Do You Know?
15. O Come, All Ye Faithful
16. O Come,O Come, Emmanuel
17. O Holy Night
18. O Little Town of Bethlehem
19. Once in Royal David’s City
20. People, Look East
21. Silent Night
22. Sweet Little Jesus Boy
23. There Stood in Heaven a Linden Tree
24. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
25. Whence is That Goodly Fragrance Flowing?
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Please join me this Advent Season as I share these beloved hymns and the stories and Scriptures that go with them. Enjoy and a very Happy Christmas to all.
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