Great Expectations

Great Expectations
Great Expectations

Hundreds of years in the past, the prophet Isaiah proclaimed: A toddler is born to us! … He can be known as “Great Counselor, … Prince of Peace.” (9:6, Good Information Translation) What welcome information for his viewers, the war-torn individuals of Israel, who have been besieged by a robust enemy, the Assyrians.

What have been their expectations? Absolutely this long-awaited king would are available pomp and majesty. Absolutely, he would crush the armies of their enemy and restore Israel to its former greatness.

Isaiah’s prophecy (Isaiah 9:2-7) was given to reassure God’s people who, regardless of their disobedience and unfaithfulness, God would ship a Messiah. In achievement of this promise, years later the Scripture states that Mary, the mom of Jesus, “gave delivery to her first son, wrapped him in cloths, and laid him in a manger…” (Luke 2:7, GNT)

A king in a manger? Absolutely there will need to have been some mistake. That was actually not what the individuals have been anticipating. But, Jesus was God’s present to them, holy and humble, clothed in human type.

Just like the individuals of Israel, many people have flawed expectations. We fail to spot what God has in retailer for us. Particularly on the vacation season, we generally feign happiness and forecast automated pleasure; we predict peace the place chaos as soon as reigned; we count on silver bells and Christmas lights to brighten our dreary lives. Oftentimes, actuality shortchanges our expectations.

We will, nevertheless, count on nice issues from God. His presents are distinctive, excellent (James 1:17), at occasions stunning (Romans 11:34), however all the time good. God despatched Jesus into the world as a treasured present (John 3:16), a Savior for all seasons who would convey love, pleasure, and peace to all individuals. All our yearnings and expectations are fulfilled in him and we discover ourselves saying with the hymn author, Charles Wesley (1707-1788):

Come thou long-expected Jesus,

Born to set thy individuals free;

From our fears and sins launch us;

Allow us to discover our relaxation in thee.

Israel’s energy and comfort,

Hope of all of the earth thou artwork;

Pricey need of each nation,

Pleasure of each longing coronary heart.

Allow us to welcome the Christ Little one, grateful that God, in his divine knowledge, provides us not simply what we count on, however what we actually want.