Filled With Expectation

Luke 3:15-16, 21-22:

The people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”


The people that were coming to the Jordan to learn more about John the Baptist were “filled with expectation”.  They knew something big was going on as almost everyone from Jerusalem and the surrounding areas was making their way down to the river to see what all of the “fuss” was about.  And, if they were Devout Jews, they might have seen that Isaiah’s Prophecy was being fulfilled in St. John the Baptist and that the Promised Messiah would not be too far behind Him.  You see, we should all be “filled with expectation” – especially after we know the Truth found only in Jesus Christ and God’s Word.  Once we “seek” and “find” that Truth, things will never be the same – both in our current lives and in our Lives to come in Heaven.  So, when the weight of the world has been thrust upon us by satan and his henchmen, let’s be sure to understand the Eternal Joy that can only be found in knowing that no matter what happens to us in this world, if we listen to, trust in, and obey God, we, too, will live Eternally in Paradise with Jesus Christ and all of the other Saints that have been Saved by Amazing Grace.  It’s a Promise to us that God can’t break and that should always be enough to raise our Greatest Expectations.

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