This is one of my wife’s favorite songs of the season, and so I would be remiss if I did not explore it as the 10th post in this series of Christmas carol reflections.
Verse 1: Jesus, we’ve been waiting for You to come for so long! You have come to set us free, not politically, but from the terrors of judgment and the condemnation of our unrighteousness. You are the one we can come to in the midst of this tumultuous life. In You is all the comfort and fortitude for the people of God. Beyond that, You truly are the only source of hope for the whole world! Every ethnic group, and indeed every individual person, who can realize their most intimate desires sees that it’s in You alone that we have our yearning and joy!
Verse 2: You came to be a deliverer. You came in humility as a baby, but You are King of the universe! Your Kingdom is eternal and immanent; it is not for the distant future, but for the here and now! By Your Holy Spirit, be the only Lord and King of our lives. And by Your perfect life, death, and resurrection, redeem us that we may live with You forever!
May we realize this Christmas that Jesus’ coming was just one overt step in the outworking of God’s plan to deliver His people and draw them to Himself forever!