A hymn by Charles Wesley, often sung in Advent, a reminder both of the reason for Christ’s first coming, and of his glorious second coming. The third verse is an amazing meditation on the meaning of the Incarnation: God irreversibly uniting himself with a human nature and a human body. Forever.

Lo! he comes with clouds descending,
Once for our salvation slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending
Swell the triumph of his train:
///Alleluia!///
Christ the Lord returns to reign.

Ev’ry eye shall now behold him,
Robed in dreadful majesty;
Those who set at naught and sold him,
Pierced, and nailed him to the tree,
///Deeply wailing///
Shall the true Messiah see.

Those dear tokens of his passion
Still his dazzling body bears,
Cause of endless exultation
To his ransomed worshippers:
///With what rapture///
Gaze we on those glorious scars!

Yea, Amen! Let all adore thee,
High on thine eternal throne;
Savior, take the power and glory;
Claim the kingdom for thine own:
///Alleluia!///
Thou shalt reign, and thou alone.

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