What are you expecting from Jesus?
Posted By Sparta Live | December 2, 2019 1:49 pm
By Steve Qualls – Christpoint church
Well, it’s officially that time of year again. Thanksgiving has past, and, everywhere you look, Christmas is all around. But the question we must ask ourselves is, what do we expect from Jesus?
Each year, about this time, the ladies are nestled in, watching their Hallmark Christmas movies, and, well, for the guys, it’s ballgames. But we all seem to agree on a few classics from the Christmas season, and one of those is “Christmas Vacation.” Notice that Clark has such lofty expectations that no one or family can live up to them. His fun old-fashioned family Christmas turns out to be a disaster in the making. Simply put, his expectations far exceeded reality.
Well, Clark is not much different than you and me. As a matter of fact, we’re not that far removed from the attitude of Israel 2,000 years ago. They had an expectation of Christmas as well. They expected their savior to be a military leader following in the footsteps of King David.
We all seem to build these lofty expectations in our minds of everything from relationships to – yes Jesus. Do we expect a God in our lives that makes all pressure and anxiety magically vanish? Do we expect to never be sad, upset, or disappointed? We expect things, yet we live our lives in a way that cultivates the very stress we expect God to shield us from. Everyone has his or her own version of expectation, but do we ever stop to think about what Jesus expects?
God’s description of himself to Moses at the burning bush was to tell the people “I am” has sent you, in Exodus chapter 3. Jesus builds upon that foundation in the New Testament seven times with his expectations when he gives the “I am” discourse in the book of John. (Isn’t it empowering to know that God is the only one that can build upon the expectations set forth by God?) He says “I am.” Yes “the Great I am” has expectations of himself, too, concerning us, and, in the book of John, he calls himself the bread of life, the light of the world, the door, the good shepherd, the resurrection and life, the way the truth and the life, and the true Vine. All of these expectations are fatherly in nature. He expects to be our savior, our provider, our vision, our life, our sustenance, our father, a light unto our path, and the open door to our salvation.
What are you expecting from Jesus, because it can’t be nearly as lofty as what he expects from himself. He just wants to be our father. So enjoy your fun old-fashioned family Christmas, keep the little lights twinkling, refill the tree water, and stop by Christpoint church this Sunday morning at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. for great expectations. We’re real people, living real lives, serving a real God. Welcome home.