Grace Community Church

The Impact of Expectations

Given on April 14, 2019 by Brett Helvie
Scripture: John 12:12-19
Sermon Series: Beginnings

What do you think the crowd’s expectations of Jesus were as he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey colt? What caused the massive swing in the crowd’s opinion in just a few short days – moving from shouting, “King Jesus” to “Crucify him”?

What are your expectations of how Jesus should act and interact with you in the here and now? Is Jesus meeting those expectations? If he is not, how is that impacting your relationship with him? Are your expectations based more on your desires or on the reality of what the Word reveals about Jesus? What do you think of author Anne
Lamott’s statement, “Expectations are resentments under construction”?

As followers of Christ, we have a tendency to cry out to Jesus, “Save us now!” and then are often disappointed when God doesn’t respond in the way we expect ~ seeming to have his own, very different, set of priorities. What have you learned about Jesus through times when he didn’t meet your expectations?

I encourage your to spend some time this week reading the passion narratives in the Gospels. Ask Jesus to reveal himself as he really is to you and to help you to find your deepest desires met in who he truly is!