Hymn #83 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
[pullquote_center width=”85%”]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.
Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a king,
Born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring.[/pullquote_center]
Advent is all about… well, you know… hope, peace, joy, and love, right? This hymn says Advent is all about… freedom… deliverance… a kingdom of grace. A topsy-turvy kingdom ruled by a child-king, reigning not over us, but in us. Free from what, we may wonder? We are living in the USA, as free as any people in the world. But there are bars that imprison us in a narrow world of small expectations and low risks. We are prisoner to our fears and sins, allowing them to hold us back from full participation in Christ’s kingdom of grace. In this kingdom there is no place for our small-minded fears and doubts.
Talk about your revolution… it’s independence day!