Great Expectations

Isaiah 7:14 – “The Lord Himself will give you a sign; The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call Him Immanuel.”

Christmas is to be a season of “Great Expectation.” It’s a time where once again our hearts are filled with the majesty and the mystery of the Incarnation of Christ with all of its implications. Because He came as the “Hope of Israel”, we now have a future and a hope too! So, I encourage you to raise your EXPECTATION in this season. The King came! The King is here! and The King is coming!

Growing up as a child, I went to a church where they celebrated the tradition of Advent. The season of Advent is intended to make the journey towards Christmas full of meaning. The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival”. The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in His First Advent and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in His Second Advent. Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, anticipation, preparation, and faith.

The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ.

There are many variations of the traditional Advent wreath and candles but the one thing they all have in common is the meaning attached to Hope and Expectation. Advent reminds us that the HOPE of the whole broken world (which includes whatever situation you might be currently facing) is found in Jesus.

Consider the hope given to us by the Apostle Paul in this scripture, “But when the FULLNESS OF TIME had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those (us) who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5).

Because Jesus is “The Word”, when our “Great Expectation” meets His “Fullness of Time”, every Promise in His Word that we are standing on in faith believing becomes our  REALITY! Most of what God wants to do in and through our lives is directly connected to our EXPECTATION…our FAITH. In Matthew 9 Jesus asked the blind man, “Do you BELIEVE (have faith) that I am able to do this?” The blind man said, “Yes Lord, I believe.” Then Jesus said, “Be it done unto you according to your FAITH” (Matthew 9:28,29). The blind man’s “Great Expectation” met the “Fullness of Time,” and he received his miracle.

So what are you expecting God to do in your life during this season of Advent? Do you have “GREAT EXPECTATION“? 

My prayer for you this Christmas season is that you will have “GREAT EXPECTATION” of encountering Jesus as the greatest gift ever given.

Pointing People to Jesus,
Rocky Byers
“On Earth as it is in Heaven!”