12 Days of Christmas Music: Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

Reading Scripture is never to be merely an academic exercise. Because Scripture is sufficient for life (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:3), it should produce life-change. If one reads the Bible and is not a doer of the Word, they should re-examine themselves to make sure they are in the faith (II Corinthians 13:5). In short, when you read the Bible, be changed by the Bible.

Charles Wesley modeled this one day in the 1700’s when he was reading the minor prophet Haggai. He came to chapter 2 of this short work and read the following, “And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord of hosts” (vs. 7). And as he began to meditate on this verse he considered a racially divided world and a society that overlooked the less fortunate. He longed for something different. He longed for God’s glory to dominate every place in society and see “wrongs righted.”

So, he penned a poem, that turned into this son that calls for Jesus coming and return.



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