Original hymn by Charles Wesley.
Now redemption, long expected,
See in solemn pomp appear;
All His saints, by man rejected,
Now shall meet Him in the air:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
See the day of God appear!
Redemption in the sense that this verse employs refers to the resurrection of the dead and transformation of the living saints at Christ’s coming. They will receive bodies like Christ’s own resurrection body; these will be glorious, not subject to decay and capable of things our earthly bodies cannot do of themselves. Christ comes with a triumphal procession worthy of His standing as God, Saviour, and King. He possesses His own objective glory, which can overawe the impenitent, but those who love Him render glory to Him of their own volition as a sign of their recognition of who He is and what He has done. The followers of Christ in this age are largely the “little people” of this world, twice rejected: rejected because they are not glorious by the world’s standards, rejected because they have dared to swear allegiance to Christ in defiance of the Devil, the Dark Powers, and human sin. Those who love Him will be gathered by His angels to greet Him in the air, just as conquerors were greeted by those loyal to them outside the city they were about to enter. For those who love Christ, who love righteousness, His return will be a day of joy.
Answer Thine own bride and Spirit,
Hasten, Lord, the general doom!
The new Heav’n and earth t’inherit,
Take Thy pining exiles home:
All creation, all creation, all creation,
Travails! groans! and bids Thee come!
The Bride is the body of human believers in Christ. This is a development of the prophetic metaphor applied to Israel in the Old Testament, viz. the Wife of YHWH. The idea behind this metaphor is that we are to be completely loyal to our Lord. In other words, we must not have dealings with other spiritual forces by taking part in other religions, be it mixing them with Christianity or leaving Christianity altogether (apostasy). The “adultery” referred to by the prophets was the worship of other gods, such as Baal. Those who love the Lord long for Him to finally take the earth, to renew it, cleansing it of physical, spiritual, and moral evil. It is iniquitous for good people to be forever subject to evil laws and evil rulers. When Christ returns to rule from Jerusalem and inherit the earth, He will do away with such things, that the righteous may dwell on earth in peace and prosperity. Until that day we are exiles, sojourners on this earth, not at home with evil rule and evil culture.
The dear tokens of His passion
Still His dazzling body bears;
Cause of endless exultation
To His ransomed worshippers;
With what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture
Gaze we on those glorious scars!
We love Christ because He first loved us. Contemplation of Christ’s incarnation, passion, and resurrection, should be at the heart of our relationship with Him. His scars show us His perfect righteousness and His perfect justice. That He eternally bears these wounds is a testament to the eternal and perfect nature of His love for us. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi). The term “rapture” here refers not to our greeting the Lord in the air, previously mentioned in this hymn, but to the joy, the euphoria, the ecstasy we shall have at seeing our Saviour and being struck by His beauty as we catch a glimpse of those scars. He has transformed the ugly into the beautiful; He has turned sinners into saints. Only with God is this possible.
Yea, Amen! let all adore Thee,
High on Thine eternal throne;
Savior, take the power and glory,
Claim the kingdom for Thine own;
O come quickly! O come quickly! O come quickly!
Everlasting God, come down!
Bosco the Heretic said:
Wonderful post good brother.
I cant say this site is purely catholic anymore, but they are the dominants ones. I would ask why post Christian or biblical concepts to catholics. But I have been doing the same thing for yrs. Im saying this because you didn’t include Mary s role in the redemption of mankind. Allow me to flesh this out;…….
Published on Apr 5, 2018
Published on Apr 5, 2018
Chaplet Of The Sacred Heart – SAY DAILY & YOUR NAME WILL NEVER BE BLOTTED OUT IN MY HEART!
Sweet heart of Mary, be thou my salvation
This is just one piece of this rote repeating prayer. Theres not much more to it. The point is, Mary is their savior, even though they mouth the words Jesus is Lord. Their heart is with a virgin queen. The men of Ephesus ran thru the streets for two hrs yelling..”Diana is great”. Pauls message of Christ being lord wasn’t working on them.
So, the new religion of Rome put Mary name tags on all the Diana graven images to placate the Diana worshipers, who were in the vast majority. Its the same spirit, the demon of Diana worship still is alive, and they wonder why the priests of Diana act so wickedly.
Thank you, Bosco. I felt the place needed something to take our perspective beyond the scandals and troubles, if only for a moment. Lord knows, I’m not perfect – I need to work at not throwing stones. But we could all enjoy the sentiment and theology of this hymn. I honestly believe that the return of Christ is not far off and that – if we have faith – we can see God working His purposes out even now, amidst all these terrible things. Paul says we are to walk by faith and not by sight, so we need to look beyond the troubles to see God.