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On this Christmas Day 2020, this is a hopeful Christmas Carol. It is another hymn written by one of the Wesley brothers–Charles.

Think of the words. Jesus came to be born to set His people free–from our fears and sins. Then, it talks about how He is born to deliver His people, bring in a new Kingdom where He alone would rule in our hearts. It would only be through His merit that we would be able to stand before Him at His throne. What wonderful truths to think about!

Christ came to set up His Kingdom. It just didn’t look the way everyone expected it would look.

Jesus didn’t simply come to be a sweet sentimental baby at Christmas. He came to set up an amazing Kingdom! He describes much of it in Matthew 5-7. It was about that time that many people that followed Him drifted away. They loved His miracles of course, but really didn’t want to have him tell them how to live their lives.

Can you identify? I can. I want to live my life the way I want to live it with GOD answering my prayers to make me more comfortable. But that isn’t what He talks about when He talks about His Kingdom. It is one where we take up our cross and follow Him; Where we love others in the same way we love ourselves; Where we sacrifice for those in need; We care for the poor, sick, and needy; We speak up when we see injustice;

In case we weren’t sure what that would look like, He lived it out when He was here on earth in ways that were often surprising.

Enjoy this song as you listen to the music below. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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 every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
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.

–Charles Wesley