(Today begins a daily series of Advent devotions that I have written about some of the hymns and carols we sing at this time of year. Each devotion highlights a hymn, with some short thoughts, a point to ponder, and a prayer. I’ll also include a Youtube link to someone singing the hymn. Please enjoy.)

‘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.’

This popular Advent hymn was written in the eighteenth century by Charles Wesley. It was penned during an age when people around the world struggled and fought for freedom, including the Scots in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 and the American people in 1776. Wesley wrote it to remind people of Christ’s Messianic purpose to set humanity free from the tyranny of sin. The hymn is a poetical version of the ancient Biblical prophecies, especially those proclaimed by the prophet Isaiah.

As we journey through Advent, we walk in Christ’s ways, seeking His assurance of forgiveness and the promise of everlasting life. Whatever fears we have, faith will diminish; whatever worries we experience, God’s love will overcome. As Wesley wrote, Jesus is the hope of all the Earth and the joy of every longing heart.

Point to Ponder

How does my faith in Christ make me free? What concerns can I share with Him?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for freeing us from sin and leading us with love. May we experience the goodness of God’s grace during this sacred season of Advent. In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.

Today’s image is one of John’s Christmas drawings called ‘Star Angel.’ If you would like to view a larger version, please click this link: Star Angel

You can listen to today’s hymn sung by wonderful singer Fernando Ortega on YouTube: