We are still in the season of Easter, and the Gospel this week (John 20:19-31) continues the story of Easter Day, with Jesus appearing among his disciples in a locked room, and a week later to Thomas.
This scripture is the inspiration for today’s hymn of the week. Written by Charles Wesley, the hymn communicates a strong sense of Christian fellowship. In the 1780 hymnal it was included in the section ‘For the Society, Meeting’ and commonly used as an opening hymn.
Companion to Hymns and Psalms observes:
the hymn is a fine example of Charles Wesley’s use of imperatives, from the opening ‘see’ in verse 3 with ‘reveal!’ and ‘appear!’. With this impassioned mood is linked the more reflective and quietly expectant expression of verse 2 and other lines.
For some reason, following the Methodist Hymn Book, Hymns and Psalms omits v.4. I have included the missing verse.
See, Jesus, Thy disciples see,
The promised blessing give!
Met in Thy Name, we look to Thee,
Expecting, to receive.
Thee we expect, our faithful Lord,
Who in Thy Name are joined;
We wait, according to Thy Word,
Thee in the midst to find.
With us Thou art assembled here,
But O Thyself reveal!
Son of the living God, appear!
Let us Thy presence feel.
Breathe on us, Lord, in this our day,
And these dry bones shall live;
Speak peace into our hearts, and say,
“The Holy Ghost receive!”
Whom now we seek, O may we meet!
Jesus, the Crucified,
Show us Thy bleeding hands and feet,
Thou Who for us hast died.
Cause us the record to receive,
Speak, and the tokens show;
“O be not faithless, but believe
In Me, Who died for you!”