That’s Not What I Had in Mind

December 20, 2021

For the Jews ask for signs and the Greeks seek wisdom.

1 Corinthians 1:22

Written by Dennis Roman from the Brentwood Campus

The Disappointment of Expectation

We experience disappointment when our reality does not meet our expectations. I expected to finish my 10k in under 40 minutes, but my results only disappointed me. That’s not what I had in mind for myself.

Many Jews were disappointed with Jesus because He did not fulfill their expectations. They were looking for a military Messiah who would throw off the Roman yoke of bondage and expected milk and honey, a trouble-free life, and special deistic treatment. Further, they wanted the Messiah to tickle their ears and to show them signs (sēmeiōn, or “miracles”). They wanted this, in spite of the Scriptures’ truth that they did not heed.

Reliance on Jesus

“For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear.” —1 Timothy 4:3

Not only did some Jews have faulty expectations. Many Greeks believed enlightenment was attainable by intellectual pursuit. Jesus said we must rely on revelation of the Spirit and not on our vacuous intellect.

By The Spirit

“But the person without the Spirit does not receive what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to understand it since it is evaluated spiritually.” —1 Corinthians 2:14

What expectations do you have of Jesus? Do your expectations align with Scripture?

Come and See

Come and see!  Come and see the eternal God, who is from everlasting to everlasting, born in an animal stall outside Bethlehem, lying in an animal feeding trough. Come and see Him nailed to a cross, taking on Himself the wrath of God that we deserve and paying the price in full for our sins.

Come and see Jesus raised from the dead, triumphant, glorious and declared to be the victorious Son of God, giving His righteousness to any who would receive His free gift. Come and see Him return in glory to reign forever and ever!

Now What?

Reflect on the areas of your life where your expectations have been unmet. Consider how Scripture aligns with those parts that are the most difficult to reconcile with the gospel. Ask the Lord to meet you there in those places, and for the truth of the gospel to flourish there where you need it most. Thank Him for the love He shows us, and ask for eyes to see His presence even there.

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