Podcast #201: “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” by Meredith Andrews

Learning from Simeon and Anna in Luke 2

We can see what a heart filled with expectation looks like when we observe children’s faces on Christmas morning. May our hearts burst with childlike levels of anticipation for the return of Christ. “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus,” as sung by Meredith Andrews, reminds us that while the Advent season may have come to a close for 2017, we still eagerly await Christ’s return.

Photo credit: Michał Grosicki

We can learn quite a bit from two characters included in the story of Christ’s birth and dedication to the Lord in Luke 2. Will you join me there?

On this episode I discuss:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Observe
    • Reflect
    • Respond
  • How this hymn was originally written by Charles Wesley in 1744
  • The double nature of Advent as reflected in our song
  • The story of Simeon and Anna in Luke 2:22-38
  • The historical context of why Joseph and Mary would come to the temple for this particular sacrifice – Ligonier Ministries Article on The Consolation of Israel
  • Expecting Jesus
  • Living a life devoted to God
  • How Simeon and Anna represent both men and women
  • How followers of Christ cannot keep the news to themselves
  • The fact that while we are few, we are not alone — we should surround ourselves with others who are expecting Jesus, too

 

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If you have never heard this song before, you can watch the official lyric video on YouTube below.

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This Week’s Challenge

Once again pick up the Christmas story. Read Luke 1 and 2. Follow the BITE pattern of observe/reflect/respond like we’ve done on this episode. When you meet Simeon and Anna, learn from their expectation and their devotion. Ask the Father to plant a seed of expectation in your heart that will only grow all the days you follow Him.

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