At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” (Luke 7:21-23)
I was thirteen and about to board a plane with my parents and sister, Pam, to Monterey, California, where my sister, Sue, and her husband lived. My expectations were high, and I was excited. At the beginning of our stay, Sue had arranged for Pam to see sights with a young man, Kit, while the others played bridge. Television was my entertainment. I was too angry to enjoy our day of sightseeing.
John the Baptist also had expectations (more honorable than mine). His cousin, Jesus, was to become more, and he less. But he also expected God would come with vengeance, with divine retribution, and would save Israel, John included. (See Isaiah 35:4). It was unknown Jesus would come twice. Some of John’s expectations wouldn’t happen until Jesus’ second coming. Jesus conveyed to John his ministry was only beginning and warned John not to stumble over Him. Because of wrong expectations, most Jews don’t believe in Him. Because of John’s great faith, he would hear Jesus’ reply, and John’s joy would be complete.
Father God, when my expectations don’t happen, help me seek you so I don’t stumble. When I hear and believe Your words, my joy is complete. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.