“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” (Philippians 3:20-21)
The phrase “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” is the first line of Charles Wesley’s famous Christmas Hymn that he published in 1744 in his hymnal “Hymns for the Nativity of our Lord”.
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.
It was an adapted from a poem he wrote while pondering Haggai 2:7 and agonising in prayer over the orphans and class divide in England. Wesley realised that the only hope our world has is found in the birth of Jesus. He also longed for Jesus’ return. The birth, the life, the Cross, the Resurrection, the Ascension and Return of Jesus need to be seen as the one unfolding plan of God that finds its culmination in Jesus’ Return.
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus and the dawn of a New Year may the focus and passion of our hearts be to see Jesus’ Second Coming. May we live radical lives of godliness as we await Jesus’ return which could be any day now.
In the words of 1 Peter 1:13,
“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.”