Dear St Luke’s Family,
At the end of Jesus ministry on earth when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, it was the equivalent of walking the red carpet at the Oscars. He was at movie star status. Except, in this case, the red carpet was made of palm fronds spread out for Him to walk on.
Palm fronds were a sign of respect and adoration, but also insurrection. The Jewish people had been waiting for the Messiah, their promised deliverer who would save them from oppression (Isaiah 9:6-7). They looked to Jesus to be their liberator and future king.
But in a few short days, all of those hopes would be dashed. Fair weather fans of Jesus would scatter. Jesus came to die for the sins of the world, to liberate us in ways God’s people were not expecting.
We read about Palm Sunday with the benefit of hindsight. We know the kingdom Jesus established was an eternal one, not an earthly one. Yet, we still find ourselves in the same place as those who were confused when Jesus didn’t live up to their expectations.
The same thing is true on Christmas. Jesus didn’t meet any of our expectations or assumptions about the coming Messiah. And yet He was born to be; King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Prince of Peace, etc. Hopefully by now we know and recognized that when we least expect it, God shows up and exceeds our expectations because He had a plan in place all along.
Each of us will walk through life with expectations for God. And while God does wonderful things for us, His plans don’t necessarily follow our expectations. In these times, we must decide whether we are faithful followers or fair-weather fans.
Are we willing to trust God and His plans for our lives — even when things don’t look like we thought they would?
Who would have thought He was going to be:
· Born in a stable
· Born to a Virgin girl from a small town in Israel
· Worshipped by angels, shepherds and Wisemen
· The fulfillment of hundreds of years of prophecy
Let’s set our expectations aside and live a life of expectancy where we are anticipating a move of God that is awe-inspiring and joy-filling. May His awe and joy fill you again this Christmas!
HE IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.