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Good Friday

Good Friday is the most significant day in human history. On this day almost 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ gave his life for us on the cross. Betrayed, deserted, falsely accused, sentenced to death, scourged and crucified, Jesus experienced agony on the cross at the hands of men. But more than that, Jesus experienced the wrath of God against sin.

On the cross, Jesus became God’s substitute to pay the price for our sins. As the scripture says, “God made him who knew no sin, to become sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

This lyric video is a 4 minute meditation for Good Friday. The hymn is by Frederick William Faber; the music is composed and sung by Sarah Brown.

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12 Days of Emmanuel (Day 3)

Today’s song, Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, is one of my favorites. (You are allowed to have lots of favorites in life, by the way!)

This hymn, written by Charles Wesley (one of the greatest hymn writers of all time) goes by quick… It is only 2 verses! Yet every couplet rings with fresh themes of Messiah’s provision and glorious salvation.

In verse 1 we hear of many benefits for ourselves: freedom, rest, strength, hope, and joy.

In verse 2 we hear of the paradox of Christ, the permanence of His kingdom, His sovereignty by the Holy Spirit, and the sufficiency of his merits which elevate us to his very throne. That’s a ton of beautiful theology in just 16 lines. They don’t write them like they use to!

Here are the lyrics:

1. 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.

2. 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.

So enjoy this short but sweet song. You might want to put it on song repeat and soak it in a few times.

Here’s where you can find the whole album, Emmanuel.

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