We have the almost unimaginable opportunity to be called friends of God and, to facilitate this, He has given us the assurance that He has shared in—and can relate to—all of the pain and hardship we as human beings endure in this life.
Luke 24:13-21 NIV
Many people had different expectations of the Messiah, but Christmas happened because God had very definite purposes and expectations for His son in the redemption of humankind. These expectations were much greater than anyone anticipated.
Sermon Challenge: Make sure that your expectations of Christ align with God’s intentions for Him—by studying and understanding His word.