It is hard for us to imagine the longing and desire that filled the heart of a nation as they waited for Messiah to come. They were oppressed by a foreign government. Their religious leaders were corrupt. Rebellions popped up everywhere. Social problems spread like plague. They needed a conqueror, a hero, a doctor. Someone who would fight for them, be on their side, and make work out all their problems.
Most thought their deliverer would rid them of the troubles in their country. They longed for change. Looking around them brought feelings of distress and helplessness. And so, they waited. Longing, looking, wondering if and when hope would arrive.
How often do we long for help and hope, but forget the true freedom offered in Christ? Misplaced desires can cause us to accept bad solutions. We settle for less when we look to man to solve our problems instead of accepting God’s plan.
This song reminds us of the Messiah’s true purpose. Born to set His people free from fear and sin. What a great reminder of not only His birth, but the reason we need Him daily. We can sing about our long, expected Jesus and we can look forward to His coming into our lives and homes.
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 own sufficient merit
Raise us to Thy glorious throne
Come, Thou long expected Jesus, come invade our lives this year. Be our desire and our longing. Rule in our hearts.