Unexpectant People

They weren’t expecting Him right now.
They weren’t expecting Him right here.
They weren’t expecting Him this way.
So they really weren’t expecting Him at all. They had hope, wishes, expectations, but they didn’t expect Jesus.

…like Herod

His expectation? I think it shows in his response. Matthew 2:1-16

[ctt template=”3″ link=”dy09_” via=”no” ]People without hope tend to destroy the hope of others.[/ctt]

Think what his kingdom and rule could have been. He could have been like David. 2 Samuel 6:12-23

[ctt template=”3″ link=”o7y4J” via=”no” ]People with hope are hopelessly contagious![/ctt]

…like the rich leader

Luke 18:18-23

He wanted to change his eternity but wouldn’t change his “right now.”

It’s easier to commit to tomorrow than to the “right now”
It’s easier to commit to dropping 15 lbs over the next few weeks than it is to say no to dessert right now.
It’s easier to commit to changing the world than actually doing something about it right now.
It’s easy to say we want our family, spouse, kids to get closer to God, but on Sundays…?

…like Pilate

John 18:33-19:16

It wasn’t just an arrest, the Savior of the world was in his house – and he missed it! Jesus was in his house!

While the religious leaders demanded Jesus be put to death, Pilate didn’t just hold the fate of Jesus in his hands, Pilate held his own eternal fate in his hands!

Pilate did not expect to be in the presence of the Son of God that day

…like people all around us today

Hope is simply having a confident expectation.
If we want to change our future we must be willing to change our “right now.”
Because we hold our own fate in our own hands!