Song History:
“Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” is a renowned Advent hymn that was originally penned by Charles Wesley in 1744. It’s widely agreed upon that Wesley was one of the greatest hymn writers to have ever lived. He wrote hymns such as, “And Can It Be That I Should Gain?,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “O for a Thousand Tongues To Sing,” “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,” and so many more. The global church has been singing Wesley’s songs for hundreds of years, including “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.”

Advent:
About once every six weeks, our staff comes together to brainstorm series content and creative ideas to support that content. Our goal is to leave those meetings with a cohesive vision and direction for our Sunday morning services. Josh Baker, the Music Pastor at our Mt. Vernon Campus, was laying the ground work for our Advent series. Inside of the Advent meetings, we inevitably talked about the differences between Christmas and Advent. Christmas is the celebration of Christ’s incarnation and God coming to us in human form, whereas Advent is focused on the longing, anticipation, and hardship of waiting for the promised Messiah. Advent isn’t only remembering the wait and anticipation of Christ’s first coming to earth, but it’s also an expression of the wait we currently find ourselves in—namely, the wait for Christ’s second coming to establish His permanent Kingdom.

The Song:
In the midst of these conversations, we wanted to express the sentiment of Advent in song, and one song that came to mind was “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus.” It’s an incredible hymn, and the lyrics contain the “already, not yet” nature that defines Advent. Since the hymn was such a great fit, we thought we’d take a stab at modernizing it. We modernized this song musically and lyrically by writing into the song, taking some pieces out, changing the time signature, and adding modern chord progressions. You could say Wesley’s approach and Lifepoint’s approach are two separate approaches to the same song. Still, Lifepoint’s version has the same guts as Wesley’s hymn—it just comes in a more “modern package.” We sincerely hope you enjoy the song and hope that it helps bring some weight to the Advent season as we remember and wait together. Take a listen and download the song for free. If you’d prefer to listen to the song on the Lifepoint Ohio app, you can do that by tapping the media button and then selecting the music tab. You can find the song in the Advent file.

Lyrics:

Verse 1:
Come our long expected Jesus
Born to set Your people free
From our fears and sins release us
Let us find our rest in Thee

Chorus:
Come Lord Jesus, come

V2:
Born for people to deliver
Born a child and yet a King
Born to reign in us forever
Now Your gracious Kingdom bring

Chorus:
Come Lord Jesus, come

Bridge:
You will reign in glory
We’ll find mercy at Your feet
Hope will break the darkness
Your light piercing brighter than diamonds

Chorus:
Come Lord Jesus, come