Expectations vs. Reality

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Matthew 8:5-13, 11:1-30Luke 7:1-50Luke 7: 18-19, 21-23, “The disciples of John the Baptist told John about everything Jesus was doing. So John called for two of his disciples, and he sent them to the Lord to ask him, ‘Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?’ At that very time, Jesus cured many people of their diseases, illnesses, and evil spirits, and He restored sight to many who were blind. Then He told John’s disciples, ’Go back to John and tell him what you have seen and heard — the blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.’ And he added, ‘God blesses those who do not fall away because of Me.’”

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If you have ever gone on a blind date, you know that there’s a real fear that the person you’re about to meet face to face may not look or act like you imagined. It’s often frustrating and confusing when things don’t measure up to our expectations! Imagine what it must’ve been like for those who were actively looking for the Messiah to arrive. They expected that He would arrive on the scene, free the Israelites from Roman rule and oppression, and immediately establish a new kingdom.John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin, had been the loudest voice in preparing the path for the Savior. But despite the miracles being done “at that very time,” John’s disciples expressed doubts — because Jesus didn’t meet their expectations. He wasn’t acting like a fierce warrior or challenging the Roman authority over Gods’ holy land. They didn’t understand that His mission was far more important and farther reaching.Jesus may not do what we think He’s supposed to do, but He never disappoints. He didn’t come just to improve our circumstances; He came to save our souls and free us from the bondage of sin. And these invisible chains are far more restrictive than literal metal shackles.Are you dodging the Lord because of presupposed expectations? If so, stop. Just turn to Him and follow. Let Him be the Messiah of your life and take you farther than you ever dreamed possible! A relationship with Christ always tops our greatest expectations.

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Heavenly Father, You always surpass anything I could ask or imagine. Thank you for sending Jesus not only to rescue a nation but the entire world. Help me to share with others so they, too, can be blown away by Your goodness and strength. In Jesus’ name, Amen.