Sometimes while we wait and prepare for a big upcoming event, we create unrealistic expectations or preconceived notions of what’s coming. Like Christmas, what do you hope for? What do you expect?
John the Baptist had this same experience with Jesus. John thought that Jesus was the promised Messiah. He preached about his coming, he baptized him in the Jordan River, and he saw the Holy Spirit come down on Jesus “like a dove.” But here he was, a prophet of God, in prison about to be beheaded and this so-called Savior was just wandering around preaching and teaching and performing signs and wonders? What’s up with that? “Hey, Jesus! Are you really the one we’ve been waiting for?”
John wasn’t around long enough to see Jesus die for our sins on the cross or rise from the grave on Easter…he probably saw it from heaven. But John’s question is a good one for us. “Jesus, if you are really the Savior, why do you allow bad things to happen to good people. Why do we have to go through pain? Why is this world you created still so messed up?”
So, what do you hope for and expect from Jesus? This Sunday we will dig into this chapter in the life of John and be inspired by what Jesus reveals to us about his plan of salvation. God does have a plan and you’re part of it.