If we look at this verse of Haggai alone, you might be thinking what I thought when first reading it: so, how exactly is this about Jesus? These "Festival hymns" were published outside of Methodism by German, John Frederick Lampe in 1746. How could a suffering, rejected person like this ever rise to save His people, and to restore His kingdom?". What a great future! the nation of Israel. For thus "the long-expected Jesus" came and brought light to shine in the hopeless darkness of the world. So how exactly should this change our lives, knowing these things? You can open your Bibles to our main text today, which will be Isaiah 9. How do I get there? “you have increased its joy” — this is the “joy of every longing heart” that we see in line 8 of our hymn, “they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest”. The future is bright. So, what’s the deal with Midian? But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. it’s all there in the prophecy in Isaiah! Ps. But God stepped in and told Gideon that he would save them. And he often had to #dadreflex on the disciples, always there to protect them from getting arrested or killed or whatever. This season, the Iowa State Cyclones had one of the best year’s they’ve ever had, and we are living in the greatest three-year period of success for Iowa State Football in it’s existence. 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. Our sophomore quarterback broke just about every record in our books. No one was like him, and He was the exact fulfillment/representation of these titles. This was the prophecy that the Jews were required to know, the messiah they would be held accountable by God for looking out for and recognizing. These include some of the best known Christian hymns like Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Love Divine all Love’s Excelling, Christ the Lord is Risen Today, Come Sinners to the Gospel Feast, and, of course, Come Thou Long Expected Jesus in which Charles invokes those same questions but also gives the reasons why we seek that coming. He was always in the right place at the right time to fulfill every prophecy and accomplish whatever he set out to do. “ Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus ” was the first of a number of Wesley’s hymns that became known as the “Festival hymns”. The long awaited Messiah was born. Eternal salvation. We shall take a tour of history past, before recorded history, and try to follow these "shafts of light" until they come to rest on a manger in Bethlehem. Hymn: “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” God’s Word: Isaiah 9:6-7; Luke 1:26-33. COME THOU LONG EXPECTED JESUS Skit Guys Studios. You’re not under the oppression anymore. We need to have our eyes open, and see the clarity that is there. No Old Testament prophet had more to say about the coming Messiah than Isaiah. If you dropped a fan from 5 years ago into this season, they would be elated, fulfilled, energized; but many of us feel differently purely because we expected the results to be better than they were. Which sounds great, I love that book. Reflection and solitude is something of a lost art in our generation, and if we don’t watch out, we will have our hearts and our minds and our wills — our expectations — pulled apart in a thousand different directions. He looked wistfully at Mary, Joseph, and the Baby in the manger. In this sermon, I’m going to show you that the main Scripture text we’re going to look at in Isaiah and this song Come Thou Long Expected Jesus both call us to do one thing, and that thing is: The voice of a powerful preacher electrifies the people in the Kingdom of Judah. That's no Messiah at all! Isaiah 60:1 (“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.”), 2. On board the ship from England, the Wesley brothers met 26 German Moravians. Give our minds clarity and our hearts openness, to be ready to receive correction or encouragement or whatever you have for us today. Charles wrote more than 6,500 hymns, many of which are sung today in Christian worship. Well, on it’s own, Haggai 2:6-9 gives an image of God’s house restored. Introduction: Christmas is a time of expectations. And the people probably said, "Isaiah has taken leave of his senses! The fire and wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?" Now our carol — Come Thou Long Expected Jesus — was written in 1744, but it wasn’t until 1844 that the melody we sing was written for the song. So here we are in week two, digging in to our expectation for our Savior, Jesus. We could call him "the Old Testament Billy Graham," for his name was a household word in his day. Can you think of anyone like that? The prophet Isaiah stood before kings and princes and commanded their attention. And what is the response to that incredible truth that Jesus is the messiah who has awoken the dead, has shone on us? Example: Lord of the Rings. The winds from the Mediterranean whip the sand into whirling, miniature tornados. Revealed in that verse, in one of the most awesome moments in time and eternity, we have the first promise of this "long-expected Jesus." The widow of Nain never expected him to show up during the funeral procession and raise her son (Luke 7:11–15). Someone who believes that God has the solutions to their problems instead of them solving all their problems on their own. This is the story where he collected 10,000 men and God said that he needed to trim it down so that no one would think it was on their own strength. Enduring justice. He also mingled with peasants and spoke their language. Keeping Christ as the center is a daily labor. Psalm 1 teaches us that How blessed is the man who meditates on the Law of the Lord, on the Word of the Lord day and night. We expect family to be together for better or worse! Written by Rhonda Alstott. Charles was an evangelistic preacher and wrote about 480 of the 525 hymns in the Collection of Hymns (1780), a Methodist hymnal. Matthew 1:1-17. The cyclones had lost four games against some of the best teams out there by a combined 11 points, and this was just one more. His given name, Jesus, was a common one then. We get to be built up by the very family of God as we sing together and fellowship together and all the good things we do on Sunday mornings and our other weekly get-togethers. He always knew what to do, to solve some problem or get out of some predicament – think of calming the storm or feeding the 5,000 or healing thousands or whatever it was. . “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. First there are the words, “Come, Thou long-expected Jesus.” That asks us to look at the first coming of Christ from the perspective of an Old Testament saint. And they shall continue to fail until that day when "the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Messiah, and he will reign forever and ever" (Revelation 11:15). Message: “Jesus Is King” Jennifer Burns *Closing Hymn: “Rejoice, the Lord Is King” (Verses 1-3) We have a vision of being “A Christ-centered community providing HOPE and SUPPORT where everyone is accepted.” We expect to get a gift and sometimes even have expectations for that gift thus sometimes meaning an unfulfilled expectation. The famous prophecy of John the Baptist's ministry describes the specific mission God would give to John. Often times we think of artists as creators of something new, but they’re actually more of re-creators and curators, helping you see and experience what really is, and that’s why songs have such a profound impact on what we feel and understand and think about, because they have a way of capturing us in a way that many other things do not. He was presented in the Temple as an infant (Luke 2:21-24);He conducted an extensive teaching ministry in the Temple courts; andHe ejected the moneychangers from defiling the Temple grounds. Both are key here. It’s deep and dark and scary and lonely. Isaac was submissive to his father, Abraham, even to the point of his willingness to sacrifice his life. the people dwelling in a deep darkness want to see a long-expected Jesus to come. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus. Mighty God – someone who is able to do anything and everything. Kingly reign. He would often say exactly what was going to happen before it happened (I’m going to die on the cross and rise again, Peter will deny me 3 times, we’ll go here or there and encounter this or that). And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice.”. For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to death.”), 3. and of course, you guessed it — from our passage: Isaiah 9:2 (“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone”). Let me start by simply reading the hymn Come Thou Long Expected Jesus: (and while we sing 4 verses, I’m going to focus on only the two original verses of the hymn written by Charles Wesley – which are verses 1 and 4 of the version we normally sing). You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! Satan had been deceptively reasonable and rational in his conversation with Eve. He could never lead us to victory over our enemies.". This describes what the savior would be like. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus. Then she and the child's father can become partners in introducing new, spiritual life to their children as they introduce them to the Lord Jesus who desires to become their Savior. It’s stay up late time. Lasting peace. Line 3 – “from our fears and sins release us.”. What did happen did not match what we expected to happen. Think about all these titles, and the person that they describe. v. 6. 18:18), God will hold people accountable for listening to God through the prophets – for knowing and obeying the messages from God (Deut. The other two things are passive, that is, they are initiated from elsewhere. As I sat in my chair watching the Iowa State Cyclones close out the football regular season against the Kansas State Wildcats, I couldn’t help but have a pit in my stomach. We travel several more centuries through time and find ourselves in: The time is six centuries before the birth of Christ. Charles Wesley's words echo both the yearning and the glorious proclamation of John: "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.". Shepherds knelt before the infant Jesus, and animals, appearing to be awe-struck, gazed toward the manger. Let me repeat that: A daily reliance on Him — a daily need for Him — is a gift, not a curse. So let’s just sit for a minute and reflect. 10. What we need to know about Prophets — not pastors or priests, but a different office: So, the key thing to remember here is that Israel was responsible for knowing and understanding and following Isaiah 9. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son." So this image in Hag. Here are the lyrics: Come, thou long-expected Jesus, Born to set thy people free; From our fears and sins release us, Well any farmer or someone who knows a farmer knows that harvest time is work time. Had John the Baptist lived in our day, Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus could well have been his favorite hymn. A collection of readings for Advent. Using material from the two illustrations above, a male vocalist, dressed in period clothing and representing Charles Wesley, could come on stage, read Isaiah 9:2, 6, and, using a piece of weathered music manuscript paper, sing the carol. The song was written in 1744 as Charles Wesley was meditating on Haggai 2:7 and was burdened by the suffering around him, and longed for peace and for God to make all things right. (7), The older man replied quietly, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." You can listen to a few recent sermons using the links to the right or click the "Learn More" button to view more sermons. (8). Don't forget the extra lights for the tree! The way that we can expect Jesus to change our perspectives, change our lives, and change our future is look at what Jesus has done, what He has promised He will do, and remember what He is capable of. To ensure you receive the best experience on LifeWay.com, we use cookies to process information about your visit. And he was always right about everything. But I’m going to need some help here, so let’s bow together in prayer: God, if we hear what I have to say, that will be of little use, but guide us by the power of the Holy Spirit as we look together at what You have to say; what you have said in Your Scriptures, that we might know it, understand it, heed it, and live by it. In that unforgettable object lesson involving his only son, Isaac, Abraham learned that God was going to provide the Savior whose sinless life would be offered for the sins of the world. COME THOU LONG EXPECTED JESUS VARIOUS SCRIPTURES The Harsh Reality & The Need For A Savior • There is something inherently broken in us that we cannot fix ourselves. God is patient enough to wait for them in their sins and struggles, is gentle and gracious enough to look deep into their fears and failures and still bring comfort and peace when He could bring accusation and anger instead. We look back at what happened in the incarnation while also saying, “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.” We are using a Christmas hymn written by Charles Wesley in the 1700s as our outline for our time of Advent. We shall take a tour of history past, before recorded history, and try to follow these "shafts of light" until they come to rest on a manger in Bethlehem. And that’s the way that we’re wired. Then God spoke to Satan, who had manifested himself to Eve in the form of a beautiful, seductive creature. * Indicated Required Field See our Privacy Policy. . Today, we’re going to talk about how our expectations change our experiences. "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus" was the first of a number of Wesley's hymns that became known as the "Festival hymns". #dadreflexes. “you have multiplied (enlarged) the nation” who is the nation? It’s interesting that when you look at those three source passages alone, they provide a portion of the picture, but when you consider them together, it paints a much clearer and much fuller picture of what the promised Messiah would come to do. Jesus came to fulfill the desires of every longing heart, including yours. Sermons; Live; Contact; ... Home General Come Thou Long Expected Jesus. Think about this: A daily reliance on Him — a daily need for Him — is a gift, not a curse. Give During the five-week season of Advent 2013, we will take a journey through the classic hymn, “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus.” The prayer in this hymn paints a picture of the anticipation for Jesus in the Old Testament – fulfilling what was promised – and the anticipation for Jesus again when He returns. Now it's time to move again. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus, the carol used to introduce the theme of this sermon, was written by Charles Wesley. So here, we Watch Israel Expect Jesus the Savior. (Source: GLIMPSES, Christian History Institute, Issue #29). That’s when we get to “find our rest in Thee” (hymn line 4). They had their own plan…their own system. "Could such a man as this be God's Messiah? Midianites had been stealing crops from Israel for 7 long years by occupying their land during the harvest and taking what they wanted. It’s a clear, resonant, powerful communication — a Word of God — that He intends for us to understand, to know and to cherish and to follow. That's not the kind of Messiah we need. (Source: World Book™ © 2000 World Book, Inc., Chicago, IL). “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”: The King was Expected. Because He is an all-knowing God, He knew the human race would sin and would need a Savior. And a candy store in the restaurant!!! Come with me first to: We focus not on Eden in its state of created perfection, but as a damaged environment where God Himself conducted the first court in history. Rather it was carefully, lovingly planned before the beginning of the world. All sermons. As the clock counted down to 4 zeroes, the Cyclones losing the final game of the season, I couldn’t help the feelings of disappointment, frustration, and letdown that washed over me. Now is where the passage gets crazy and specific — where we Expect Jesus  to Change Our Lives. This is someone otherworldly, higher than any other. So what is the response? What does this mean, and why is this important for our faith? Wesley knew what it meant for people not to be free. “There is no unfathering Christ, and there is no unchilding us,” Charles Spurgeon once said. A father is a protector, a caretaker, a provider, a comforter. You’re up late and up early. They drew their own conclusions before looking at what the text actually said. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:2, 6). Our expectations have the power to steer our emotions, affect actions that we take, and mold our hopes and dreams. The centuries roll by, and suddenly we find ourselves in: Moriah was one of the high plateaus in the ancient land of Canaan. It’s from their fears and sins they need to be released. Select an option and chat directly with a member of our support team. And that’s what we’re going to dig into today. Even though a woman experiences pain in childbirth as a result of God's judgment upon Eve, she also becomes a partner with God in the creation of a new, physical life. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, is the hymn title but Pastor Roth presses us in helpful ways. Most believe that it is a collection from 3 pieces of Scripture – all from Isaiah, 1. The disciples always looked to him as a source of wisdom, as a counselor. He who "did not consider equality with God something to be grasped" (Philippians 2:6) came to identify with people at the lowest level of society. Everlasting Father: he’s on top of it, in control, ready to catch you. Because of his humanity and limited understanding, he had little idea of whom he spoke. Amen. At special times in history, God pulled back heaven's curtain and allowed the promised light of this anticipated, glorious event to shine into the darkness of this sin-cursed world. The hymn, “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus,” looks forward to Jesus’ Second Coming. December 29, 2013 It’s like they say “the government shall be upon his shoulder,” but didn’t look any further. Each line of this hymn serves as the title for the weeks of … Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus, the carol used to introduce the theme of this sermon, was written by Charles Wesley. Born Thy people to deliver, Born a … Fire flashed from his eyes and the people felt a strange stirring in their souls. “Therefore it says, ‘Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’”, Now, interestingly, even though Paul writes “it says” – meaning “the Scriptures say,” this is not a direct quote from any one passage of Scripture. David Jenkins is retired pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, Big Sandy, Texas, where he remains a member. Want to get in touch? This piece couldn’t have been any clearer, and somehow, so many just missed it. Do not lay a hand on the boy. Your trusted source of Christian resources since 1891, Christmas Sermon: Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus. Do not do anything to him. That’s on page ___ of the house Bibles. Alright, let’s do this. And think of all the influencers he interacted with: High Priest, Roman Leaders, Samaritans, Pharisees, Poor people, Rich people, the high and low of society and everything in between. Note that Christ’s love for us and sacrifice for us is the foundation of walking in love. The hymn came into popular knowledge across Christian denominations in England via popular Baptist preacher, Charles Spurgeon.Spurgeon made a Christmas sermon in … “And I will shake the nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.” (KJV), Of course, we see in 1.7 “dear desire of every nation…”. Let me say that again: I believe that the biggest source of frustration in our lives is not from poor circumstances, it’s from unmet expectations. Sing We Now of Christmas: 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. Ordering Christmas Gifts? 2  The people who walked in darknesshave seen a great light;those who dwelt in a land of ldeep darkness,on them has light shone.3  You have multiplied the nation;you have increased its joy;they rejoice before youas with joy at the harvest,as they are glad when they divide the spoil.4  For the yoke of his burden,and the staff for his shoulder,the rod of his oppressor,you have broken as on the day of Midian.5  For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumultand every garment rolled in bloodwill be burned as fuel for the fire.6  For to us a child is born,to us a son is given;and the government shall be upon his shoulder,and his name shall be calledWonderful Counselor, Mighty God,Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.7  Of the increase of his government and of peacethere will be no end,on the throne of David and over his kingdom,to establish it and to uphold itwith justice and with righteousnessfrom this time forth and forevermore.The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.Judgment on Arrogance and Oppression. They were on the verge of greatness, on the cusp of a breakthrough. Customer Service Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CT Monday - Friday Phone: (800) 458-2772. But for some reason the pastors asked me to do this a little later in the service, so here I am! So, let’s continue to Expect Jesus together. He is a failure. People came from miles and miles just to hear him. Come Thou Un-Expected Jesus. Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus is a collection of 22 short readings drawn from the works of classic and contemporary theologians and Bible teachers that help readers to focus on and enter into the wonder of the incarnation of Jesus and the story of his birth. Born Thy people to deliver,    born a child, and yet a King, born to reign in us forever,    now Thy gracious kingdom bring. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas. I’m not making this stuff up! Expectant Mothers. Musical Reflection on God’s Word. It is a challenge, and it can be a struggle, but it is also the path to joy and peace in our lives, and it’s exactly the way that God designed it. They would have gone, “ohhhhh joy at the harvest…Midian…ahhhhhh”. Israel’s strength and consolation,    hope of all the earth Thou art;dear desire of every nation,    joy of every longing heart. Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus Michael Best. The fulfillment often came to Israel, but also to others. He was the only one that these titles could apply to – there was no one else like him — no one even in the same league. • There is no amount of behavior modification that will clean up this mess I have made. Micah, a contemporary of the prophet Isaiah, proclaimed a coming Messiah who would not be born in the royal halls of a king's palace in Jerusalem, but in the nondescript, backwoods village of Bethlehem - a poor, wheat-farming suburb of Jerusalem, a bedroom community to that great Holy City on Mount Zion! 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. David has been a frequent contributor to Youth and Adult Sunday School, January Bible Study, and Vacation Bible School lessons for nearly 40 years. Israel’s Strength and Consolation, Hope of all the earth Thou art; Dear Desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart. Today, we can look back and read Isaiah's thrilling words and know that they describe our Lord and Savior. Two beloved Christmas carols are among them: Hark! As Wesley pens, “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.” When the angel announced the birth of the Messiah to Mary and Joseph he gave them two names by which He would be called: Jesus and Emmanuel. It’s an expectation that Jesus will change our lives. To relate to this, it would be like if I was talking about eating some delicious BBQ, and eventually said… “just like Hickory Park.” All of the sudden, you are teleported to a seat with delicious mouth-watering meats piled high in your trough right in front of you. It’s worth noting that God could have revealed truth to us through technical manual, a systematic theology, or a step-by-step handbook. 24. Have you interacted with anyone like that? He always knew what to say — always had the right answer, no one could stump Him. This phrase could refer to all of the appearances of Jesus in the temple. He could spar with the best of them. I believe that the biggest source of frustration in our lives is not from poor circumstances, it’s from unmet expectations. And we’re a young team! As he meditated on the phrase in Haggai 2:6, “…and the desire of the nations will come,” he was moved and inspired to write these words. First there are the words, “Come, Thou long-expected Jesus.” That asks us to look at the first coming of Christ from the perspective of an Old Testament saint. Preaching this sermon will be something new for me; it’s not new for me to be up here talking about Jesus and the Scriptures and our songs, but usually I do that earlier in the service. Home Worship Planning Music Resources “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” October 24, 2011. The hymn would make a marvelous framework around which to build a sermon series, a class lesson, a small-group study or weekly devotions and meditation for the entire season of Advent. Now, we see in line 3 a two-fold problem: Our Sins – which is a spiritual problem (“walking in darkness” imagery for sin), Our Fears – which is a physical problem (“dwelling in a land of deep darkness” imagery of the consequences of their sin), So, because they walk in darkness (sin), they reap the consequences which is “dwelling in a land of deep darkness” (fear). Dec '20. From behind Abraham comes a soft, bleating sound. When Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, was filled with the Holy Spirit, it happened in her house (Luke 1:40-41). The stakes are high, and you have to work, work, and work some more until all the work is done. They know exactly how to solve any problem. He takes a dagger from its sheath at his side, holds it aloft, and prepares to plunge its death-dealing blade into the young boy's body. In fact, we see in Haggai 2:7, looking at the King James Version as Wesley did, where he was inspired for a line in the first verse of the song. In it, God achieves an improbable victory over Midian for Israel via Gideon. Please see below for details. In Acts the Holy Spirit's power was not restricted to private meetings of believers. Here's to expecting and welcoming the … Free shipping on books, Bibles, gifts, VBS and Church Supplies of $50 or more. 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