Luke and The Lost
We live in a state of expecting if we are breathing and living life well. We expect to wake up the next day. We expect to go to our jobs, get family members up and ready for school, or expect any given day to be full of activity. We expect to be paid from our employers. We expect for the grocer not to cheat us on the bill. We expect others to love us back. We expect the bills will be paid by the end of the month. We expect, and maybe take for granted, all the things of this world. But do we expect Jesus to come back again? Do we live in expectation for this glorious day? We sing about Him being with us, but do we live in expectation of THE ONE who will come back to claim His own. Do we live as His own?…In the wait?
Luke tells the story of John’s disciples, sent by John, to ask for confirmation, “Are you the One we’ve been expecting?, or are we still waiting?” GREAT question! Jesus answers, not with words, at first, but by His actions. Then He asks John’s watchful disciples, “Is this what you were expecting? Then count yourselves fortunate!” In others words, if you “get” what I am doing, then you will get Who I AM. They apparently “got it” because they went back to John with a full report.
Luke 7, The Message
Is This What You Were Expecting?
18-19 John’s disciples reported back to him the news of all these events taking place. He sent two of them to the Master to ask the question, “Are you the One we’ve been expecting, or are we still waiting?”
20 The men showed up before Jesus and said, “John the Baptizer sent us to ask you, ‘Are you the One we’ve been expecting, or are we still waiting?’”
21-23 In the next two or three hours Jesus healed many from diseases, distress, and evil spirits. To many of the blind he gave the gift of sight. Then he gave his answer: “Go back and tell John what you have just seen and heard:
The blind see,
The lame walk,
Lepers are cleansed,
The deaf hear,
The dead are raised,
The wretched of the earth
have God’s salvation hospitality extended to them.
“Is this what you were expecting? Then count yourselves fortunate!”
24-27 After John’s messengers left to make their report, Jesus said more about John to the crowd of people. “What did you expect when you went out to see him in the wild? A weekend camper? Hardly. What then? A sheik in silk pajamas? Not in the wilderness, not by a long shot. What then? A messenger from God? That’s right, a messenger! Probably the greatest messenger you’ll ever hear. He is the messenger Malachi announced when he wrote,
I’m sending my messenger on ahead
To make the road smooth for you.
28-30 “Let me lay it out for you as plainly as I can: No one in history surpasses John the Baptizer, but in the kingdom he prepared you for, the lowliest person is ahead of him. The ordinary and disreputable people who heard John, by being baptized by him into the kingdom, are the clearest evidence; the Pharisees and religious officials would have nothing to do with such a baptism, wouldn’t think of giving up their place in line to their inferiors.
31-35 “How can I account for the people of this generation? They’re like spoiled children complaining to their parents, ‘We wanted to skip rope and you were always too tired; we wanted to talk but you were always too busy.’ John the Baptizer came fasting and you called him crazy. The Son of Man came feasting and you called him a lush. Opinion polls don’t count for much, do they? The proof of the pudding is in the eating.”
We are also taught that our actions prove who we are in Jesus. What are expecting? Do we live and behave in expectation of the One? Do we live to please Him? “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.”
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are God and we are not. Help us to follow you expectantly for you are The One and Only. We expect you to always be with us as You promised. We expect you to love us unconditionally and You do. We expect you to forgive us and You have. We expect you to come back again. And you will.
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.