God is the God of the unexpected. He doesn’t do what you think He would, but He does exceedingly abundantly more than you ask or think. And God does His mighty works in unexpected ways. In the season of advent, when we celebrate Jesus, we see in Him the unexpected.
Before Christ came, everyone was looking for the Messiah. The Messiah was expected to be a lot of different things. A King. A Warrior. A conqueror. One who would destroy all the enemies of God’s people. When Jesus came, He was the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords. But He didn’t set up just an earthly kingdom. His kingdom is beyond this world. Throughout this world, redeeming everything it touches. His kingdom is in your heart, if you will worship Him. The Jews looked for a national king, but Jesus is the ruler of the universe. The Jews looked for a great man to be close to God. But in Jesus, God came down to be close to man. Israel wanted Him to conquer nations, but He conquered sin. They were looking for a messiah to fix all their problems in the natural. But Jesus came to fix you. To make you whole, and complete. Jesus came to make you new.
People expect God to deal with them based on performance.A performance mindset works like this; if you do good, you will get good, and if you do bad, you will get bad. Jesus came to do the unexpected. He came to make you righteous, and Holy before God. You don’t have to bring your good deeds to God to be right. Jesus made you right through His perfect life, suffering and death in your place, and His resurrection from the dead. People expected God to require from them perfect sacrifices, but God became the sacrifice you need. So rest, receive, and believe this advent season.
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
II Corinthians 5:21 NKJV
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
Romans 5:1-2 NKJV
If you don’t know Jesus, I want to give you the opportunity to trust Him for your salvation and receive His finished work by faith. If you want to make Jesus the Lord of your life, simply pray this in your heart, as a way to put your faith in Him. Say, “ Jesus, I make you the Lord of my life. I know I’m a sinner, but I believe. I believe that You are the Son of God. I believe You died on the cross for my sins, and I believe that You rose on the third day for my justification. I ask you to save me now. I receive you by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen”