One doesn’t have to live very long to see that life includes disappointment and tragedy. It often seems that the best we can expect is maintaining the status quo. Victory seems to be getting through life with as little disappointment as possible. We often carry the same expectations into our spiritual life. We go to church every Sunday for the comfort we receive there but expect little else
People are always underestimating Jesus.
In the Bible, it was the same.
In the story told in Mark 2:1-12, some men brought a paralytic to Jesus expecting him to be healed. Jesus not only healed the man, He forgave his sins.
Jesus is more than a miracle worker.
A woman at a well in Samaria - John 4:1-42 - expected ridicule. Jesus gave her respect. She expected to be saved from the chore of drawing water from the well. Jesus gave her access the life-giving spring of His Holy Spirit.
Jesus continually exceeds our expectations.
In Luke 7:11-17 a widow expected nothing more than to bury her son. Jesus brought her son to life and returned him to her.
Jesus brings hope to any tragedy.
We are told in John 6:1-15 that the disciples expected to fall seriously short of being able to feed a crowd of more than 5000. Jesus accepted the gift of a little boy’s lunch - five small barley loaves and two small fish - and provided more than enough to feed them all.
Jesus takes the little we have to offer and does wonderful things.
In chapters 19 and 20 of the book of John, religious leaders expected Jesus to die and to never disturb their ordered lives again.
Jesus died on the cross, rose from the grave and changed life for all of us - forever.
Throughout all four gospels we see that the crowds expected Jesus to be a military leader who would overthrow Rome’s control and set up a new kingdom. Jesus destroyed sin’s control and established an eternal spiritual kingdom.
Jesus tells us Who He is, if we listen.
God is in the business of giving much more and much better than we expect. Why not put our fate in the capable hands of the Creator and Expect Great Things.
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