Come Thou Long Expected Jesus


Pick 1:

  • Share a consolation and desolation from the past week.
  • Listen to the Song


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 ev’ry nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born thy people to deliver,
Born a child, and yet a King,
Born to reign in us for ever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By thine all-sufficient merit
Raise us to thy glorious throne.






Scripture Reference:

Haggai 2:3-9 

Discussion Questions

Pick a few:

  • What struck you about this advent carol? What lyrics stand out to you, resonate with you, and confuse you? How is it different from the modern worship songs we often sing?
  • How does Jesus’ arrival thousands of years ago represent both disruption and fulfilled desire (Haggai 2:7)? How does the presence of Jesus and God’s kingdom in the world today continue that pattern?
  • Can you draw parallels between the experience of God’s people in Haggai’s time and our present day?
  • Avoiding the standard Sunday School answer (ie Jesus), use your own words to describe what you think is the “hope of all the earth”? The “dear desire of every nation?” The “joy of every longing heart?”
  • As you prepare to pray together, share the “sins and fears” you/we need a release from, the places where you/we need rest, and what your/our hearts long for.