Great Expectations

Matthew 21:1-11 (CSB) - When they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives, Jesus then sent two disciples, 2 telling them, “Go into the village ahead of you. At once you will find a donkey tied there with her foal. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them at once.” 4 This took place so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled: 5 Tell Daughter Zion, “See, your King is coming to you, gentle, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” 6 The disciples went and did just as Jesus directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and its foal; then they laid their clothes on them, and he sat on them. 8 A very large crowd spread their clothes on the road; others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them on the road. 9 Then the crowds who went ahead of him and those who followed shouted: Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven! 10 When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in an uproar, saying, “Who is this?” 11 The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.

I. The long-awaited Messiah

A. The people of Israel had been waiting for the King to come for years.

B. This particular day was fore seen by Daniel.

Daniel 9:24-25 - “A period of seventy sets of seven has been decreed for your people and your holy city to finish their rebellion, to put an end to their sin, to atone for their guilt, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to confirm the prophetic vision, and to anoint the Most Holy One. 25 Now listen and understand! Seven sets of seven plus sixty-two sets of seven will pass from the time the command is given to rebuild Jerusalem until a ruler—the Anointed One—comes. Jerusalem will be rebuilt with streets and strong defenses,[g] despite the perilous times.

  • Seventy sets of 7=490years

>>> They had this great expectation and when it wasn’t met the way they wanted these same people were there crying out crucify Him.

II. Unmet Expectations

John 6:15 NLT - When Jesus saw that they were ready to force him to be their king, he slipped away into the hills by himself.

It was a quick turn. Could they make that quick of a turnaround?

Isaiah 53:8 – “From prison and trial they led Him away to His death. But who among the people realized that He was dying for their sins – that He was suffering their punishment?”

>>> I wonder if that has happened to you. Sometime our problems our struggles become “The” problems and struggles. When we pray, we expect God to answer the way we perceive the issue. If you have been walking with God for any length of time you realize that God’s agenda always supplants our own. We recognize that God is God and we are not, but today I wonder if your relationship with your God has changed because of unmet expectation?

III. What can happen if our expectations, even if we know they are unreasonable, are not met.

Luke 13:34 - Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her. How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!

>>> Many fall into this trap and don’t know they have. If our adversary can get you into this mindset he can dry up the love you have for God as begin to live life in a contract not a relationship.

IV. Learning to Live with Great Expectations

Romans 8:28 - And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

A. Trust His word about you.

Ephesians 2:10 - For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago

Romans 8:31 - What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?

Romans 8:35,37 - Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

Philippians 2:6-11 - Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.hen he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. 9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Ephesians 3:20-21 - Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

Summary:

We all have unmet expectations in our life. Everyone of those affect our relationships. Even our relationship with God. We can slip into contract living. What I called capitalistic Christianity. Some of us have lost our joy. Some even our reason for living. Some have bitterness and resentment toward God because he didn’t do the things, we thought He should. You need to confess that. You need to free yourself from that. Sometimes we need willful love toward God. That’s why when we call people to Christ, we called it placing your trust in Him. It is a willful act. We have to choose to trust Him.