Genesis 49: ‘Long expected Jesus’.

‘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.’

On this day, as we celebrate the birth of Christ, it’s good to remember that the story of the Bible is one story from the beginning to end. It is the Jesus story. As the aged, dying Jacob blesses his sons, we know that these boys are the foundation of a nation. From them will come twelve tribes, and from out of one of those tribes (Judah), the Messiah will be born. As Jacob speaks, the coming of the Christ is centuries in the future; from our position in history, it was two thousand years ago. But how breathtakingly wonderful to see afresh today that it was all planned. Furthermore, in God’s good timing, Jesus will come again. No-one can stop Him.

‘’The scepter will not depart from Judah,
    nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
until he to whom it belongs[
d] shall come
    and the obedience of the nations shall be his.’’ (Verse 10).

He came once; He will come again.

‘Open your eyes on Saviour’s day; Don’t look back or turn away…’

PRAYER: On this Christmas Day, Lord please open the eyes of many people to see the ‘long expected Jesus.’