Expect the Unexpected

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Expect the Unexpected

Have you ever been in a situation where you expected one thing to happen, but something else completely different happens?  The children of Israel were certainly in a situation like this one time.  As they left Egypt, they ran up against the Red Sea on one side and had the army of Egypt on the other side.  They expected to die under these conditions and their hearts were full of despair!  But God had an unexpected plan…He parted the Red Sea and the Israelites walked safely across.  God also destroyed the Egyptians in that Sea, and saved the Israelites from any peril.  What Israel expected to be a very bad day turned into something completely unexpected – God saved them from their calamity!

The same type of situation happens in our text today…on that first Easter morning, the ladies in our text had many expectations about their day.  They expected a day of grief, a rock in front of Jesus’ tomb, and ultimately, for Jesus to be dead.  But as we have already learned, God often takes our expectations and turns them into something unexpected.  For when they arrived, the rock was rolled away, their sorrow was turned to joy, and ultimately, Jesus was alive!

And in response to Jesus, the ladies fell down and worshipped.  They knew and believed that Christ was the Son of God.  Their hearts were drawn close to him, and instead of rejecting him as Judas had earlier done, they gave him the worship that he deserved.

My question for you today…will you also worship?  Will you join with the ladies in our text today and worship Jesus, the Son of God?  Or, will you reject him as the Pharisees, chief priests, and Judas did earlier?  As the old hymn asks, “What will you do with Jesus?  Neutral you cannot be.  Someday your heart will be asking, ‘What will He do with me?’”

Rev. Adam Mumpower, Senior Pastor