Jesus was not going to live into anyone’s expectations of him except for God.  He would live as his father had directed, often as had already been told by the prophets when he recalls the words of Isaiah:

 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me
        to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
    and recovery of sight to the blind,
        to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Jesus clarity in mission wasn’t always a favorite among those he visited. People were seeking to have their needs met through the one who had healed and saved before, they had false expectations of what they believed Jesus should do for them too.  Jesus does indeed work for us, and guide us, but we also need to work for him and let him lead us.  Our false expectations of what a Savior should or could do might be best met by a people who will meet him where he is and join in His mission for the sake of the world.

-Pastor Carrie

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