Advent 2017 | Day 6 | Amy Allen

Please join us over the next several weeks as we journey through this Advent season.  We will be hearing from many of our City Church staff as well as members of the congregation as we all ponder the mysteries of this season.  Today’s contribution comes from City Church Member,  Amy Allen.

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

I’ve been reflecting a lot on the word come.  When we say, “Come, Lord Jesus!” what do we mean?  What are we asking for?  Answers?  Justice?  Or maybe just relief?

The Old Testament is full of people exclaiming “How long?”  They were waiting for Jesus, the anticipated Messiah, and sometimes that waiting got a little…well…long.  Even wearisome, perhaps.

Maybe you feel that way today.  Tired and weary from the waiting, and you’re asking, “How long?”  Maybe your waiting has led to discouragement or hopelessness like David in the Psalms: 

Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;
    heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.  My soul is in deep anguish.
    How long, Lord, how long? Psalm 6:2-3

Let me sit down beside you and say “Me too, friend.  I understand.  I’ve been there.  But hold on!  Your Savior is here!”

While Advent is indeed about waiting for Jesus to come, the great thing about where we sit in history is that Jesus HAS COME.  Why is that important?  Because Jesus is THE ANSWER!  Always.  But often times, we forget that and  waiting can make our gaze turn blurry.   We  need to refocus.  But, how? 

We come

My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Psalm 27:8

However, we usually make this part overly complicated.  So let’s think about how Christ came.  Interestingly, He came as a baby!  Vulnerable.  Nothing in his hands.  And that’s exactly how we should come— with nothing to offer, and everything to receive.  

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Let me assure you from experience, the time you spend with Him is not just fluff.  It is not an item on your to-do list that you may check off for extra credit.  It is vital, my friend.  He asks you to come, but you have to choose.  And when you come—when you say yes to that invitation—you receive.  Receive everything you ask for?  Not likely.  But you receive Him.  And that’s what you need.  His love.  His protection.  His leading.  His peace.  His joy.  His counsel.  His wisdom.  His freedom.

Your job is simply to come, and He will change everything.   

I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8