During this season of Advent, we will be taking a break from our study in the Book of Mark and will instead offer daily devotionals for you to read aloud with your family, pertaining to this Advent season. We will resume our study of Mark in a few weeks.
Jesus Defies Expectation
“. . . Too little to be among the clans of Judah, . . .” Micah 5:2
Long before the first Advent the prophets of the Old Testament described the only hope for mankind as being from a small, insignificant town no one ever gave a second thought about. They said He would be a less than handsome, run of the mill, average guy born of working class parents no one had ever heard of.
We live in a culture of high expectations. We expect our leaders to have the best education, work for the best corporations, live in the best neighborhood and be the best looking. We expect all of this of ourselves and our children. The thought that we might not possess the best, or be seen as the best, makes us self-conscious. We feel embarrassed by a less than prestigious education and low-paying jobs. Yet, Advent teaches us a new perspective on our success or lack of success.
Jesus defies all expectations and embodies the unexpected. Jesus did not come from a place we expected, in the way we expected, or to the people we expected. Nor did He do what we expected Him to do.
Would any of us expect that we would believe in such a Messiah? But, we do. Would we ever expect we would stake our lives on the fact that He is powerful enough, courageous enough, and righteous enough to defeat sin, death and hell?
God uses the unexpected to get our attention. Once He does, He shifts our perspective to see what He’s doing. Redemption changes our expectations. With the mind of Christ being formed in you, look around and you’ll begin to see an unpredictable God, in unexpected places.
You’ll notice He gives strength in trials, He gives His presence in loneliness and peace in times of uncertainty. He heals broken families and binds up blended families. He is the God of second chances and holy surprises. He transforms the insignificant into the significant.
How has God defined your expectations?