Not So Great Expectations

Two thousand years ago the Jewish religious leaders didn’t expect Jesus Christ to do and say the things He did. They certainly didn’t expect Him to rise from the dead. Even His own disciples didn’t expect it.

But He did the unexpected.

Yet why should His resurrection have been a surprise?

In the Gospel of Luke, chapter 24, there are two occasions when Jesus pointed out that His crucifiction and resurrection fulfilled what was written in the Old Testament Scriptures. He told this to two men on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:25-27), then later to more of His disciples (Luke 24:44-48).

Christ’s unexpected resurrection has shaped history since then. But what about today?

Peter wrote in 2 Peter 3:3-4 that in the last days many scoffers will say things will keep on going as they always have. They won’t expect God to intervene in the affairs of men or do anything out of the ordinary.

Yet the events of the last 3-4 years have proven we’re living in a hhistoric time. Things have been anything but ordinary.

The economy of the whole world has been shaken, and the house of cards could fall soon.

GMO crops continually ruin our food supply.

The BP Gulf oil disaster has sickened thousands and has likely altered our climate.

Recent catastrophes in Japan are causing the Northern Hemisphere to be bathed in cancer causing nuclear radiation.

And the news gets worse daily.

It appears our very survival is threatened in many ways and from many sources. Without God’s intervention, we’ll all die horribly. By normal standards, we have good reason to be afraid or lose hope.

But the Lord is sovereign. And He’s not unaware of our plight.

Consider the account given in the Gospel of John, chapter 11. Jesus deliberately allowed His friend Lazarus to be dead four days before He performed a miracle. He had a purpose in mind. Only after things looked hopeless did He demonstrate His power and love and bring Lazarus back to life.

The Lord has proven Himself to be the Master of the unexpected.

When you think of our future, what are you expecting?


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.