Weekly Devotion

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

 

“The birth of Christ is the central event in the history of the earth—the very thing the whole story has been about.”—C.S. Lewis

We are now in the season of Advent and on this first week let us look toward that beautiful “Light”.  The prophet Isaiah tells of the preparations God was making to bring the light into a very dark world.  In Isaiah 2:5 he says, “Come, people of Israel, let us walk in the light of the Lord.” The people were waiting, wondering when, when would the light come?

Today many people are still waiting. Waiting can be very difficult. But it can also be a means by which our faith grows and strengthens.  Throughout the Bible we see how scripture is used to prepare us for what is to come. Isaiah is asking for us to come and walk in the light.

In Hebrews 11:13, we are reminded that our faith means we must put our trust in God’s promises even if the fulfillment comes long after we are gone.  This week we focus on our faith and on the beautiful light that is Jesus, as He proclaimed in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world.”

What amazing joy and assurance we can find in the birth of Jesus Christ. His coming had been proclaimed for so many years. And when did He arrive?  He arrived at the perfect time, in the perfect place, according to God’s perfect plan.

I’ve always loved the Advent Hymn, “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”. It expresses the longing we, as believers, feel in our lives and especially for those who have not yet accepted Christ as their Light, their Lord and Savior.

 

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.

May we glorify our Lord during this joyous season.  And may the light of the world, Jesus, shine through us in every part of our lives for He is the joy of every longing heart.