What the word Expectation means? Expectations =a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future.Meaning that we really think, that it will be the way we expect!
I wake up today with this word in my heart . Expectations! and some type of sadness, in the beginning I though that it was me! that I was sad! but as I start praying,The Holy spirit start talking to me,then I realized that it was Him, that was contrite.and then ask me three questions.
What Was the religious leaders expectations of the Messiah?
What was the Samaritan woman in the well expecting from the Messiah?
What was the disciples expecting from the Messiah?
For question #1
The religious leaders of that time, where teaching about a different
kind of messiah
There where expecting someone like David or Joshua,or Gideon someone to deliver them from the Roman oppression. But the question is! and this is what God put in my heart! Would they still summit to this messiah?They love the power! the money! the compromise that came with the corruption on those times they will certainly try to kill him too! anything that threaten their life style was not God's according to Them. it is Sad to see this pattern in some churches when the vision has been clouded by an agenda of a life style, and anything that is targeting the rescue of the souls without profit, is rejected without even trying it.it does not matter how good is the plan to profit the souls! if is a treat for the money profit agenda! is not God, according to them!
The Samaritan woman had a rough life, and because of that, she also had a low self esteem,but she was expecting something for the messiah ,she was expecting the Truth!because only the truth can set you free .
32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” you see she was bound up by different kind of spirits,low self esteem was one of them,infidelity, immorality but even like that! she was expecting the truth. but sadly she ask the same question that many of us ask ourselves when something good comes in to your life! Will this be true?John 4:29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?”even though Jesus told her, that He was, she still ask the question at the end!
Like this woman, some of us have let the past, and the suffering, of our past life blind us from seeing Jesus, when he is so close to us, and He comes with what you need to help your ministry, but you ask your self the same question, that this woman ask! could it be true?
For the disciples seeing their messiah in the cross, which was a criminal punishment, was something that even, though Jesus talk about it,it was unexpected, He talked about being killed and about His resurrection, with them, but no one in this Earth expect someone to die for you .They probably believed that he was going to defend himself a
t some point!Have you ever seen somebody? that is being bully and you wish he or (she) defend him or her self? Peter could't take it anymore and cut the soldier ear off! wait a minute! This is The Messiah we are talking! How could he sacrifice himself? with all the power He have! Something is wrong! Sadly the disciples where expecting the messiah to desist from going to the cross!
22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, [a]“Far be it from You," Lord; this shall not happen to You!”
23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are [b]an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.
That's why, some of us can not understand the things of the spirit, because we are thinking that we are on our own, and when God send someone to help! the first thing that we think is, there is a hidden agenda! it could be true! but that's why we have a Holy Spirit that guide us to all truth and Justice ! so don't be surprise to find someone, willing to help with no interest but,in the souls, and let Jesus pass you by!
My brothers and Sisters, lets keep our eyes opened, for Jesus ,and let not miss him when He arrived' with that thing that you ask him your self,and then when he give it to you, you doubt if, is this for real? yes it is !
God Bless you