An Advent Hymn and Hope

Trygve and Kristen Johnson

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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.

Advent is the beginning of the church calendar. Instead of marking the year by New Year’s Day, the church begins with Advent, in anticipation of Christ’s coming in human form and of Christ’s return. During Advent, we pray that God would come, and we know that he has come as Jesus Christ. We know too that he will return to bring all that was promised to completion.

During Advent we sing this hymn to be reminded that we have rest, hope, joy, and freedom because Jesus came as the Messiah of the world. We sing it to be reminded that Christ was born a child and yet a King. We sing this hymn to pray that Jesus would rule in our hearts by his Spirit and that he would bring his gracious kingdom—now!

PRAYER

Let it be so, Lord. Amen.