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Expect The Unexpected!

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. – Luke 1:26-27

God loves to surprise people: giving Abraham a baby at one hundred, appearing to Moses in a burning bush, telling Hosea to marry a harlot, a free lunch for 5,000. God loves doing things we don’t expect!

For more than 2,000 years God’s people had been promised a Messiah. They knew He would be born of a woman, a descendant of Abraham, from the Tribe of Judah, born of a virgin, even born in Bethlehem. But it had been 400 years since any prophet or prophecy had come from God and still no Messiah.

Most people had given up hope. Those who hadn’t were expecting a military leader, not a baby. They were expecting a palace and thrones, not a stable and hay. But the truth is most people were not expecting anything. Most of the world had moved on; busy with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, of schedules and deadlines, of meetings and meals. No one was looking for the Messiah to be born in a barn to peasant teenagers. God’s voice had grown silent. His miracles had ceased. No one was expecting anything, but all that changed when Gabriel was sent to Mary.

That’s one of the things I like about Christmas. I am reminded that when it seems like God has stopped moving on our behalf or its been a while since we’ve heard His voice even then God is working behind the scenes to surprise us with something unexpected! Sometimes when things on the surface appear lifeless and void, an angel shows up and all of the sudden life is pregnant with potential and hope! The “angel” might be a call from an old friend, a new job or a good book. Your angel might come in the form of a sunset, a verse of scripture, a child’s hug or a conversation over coffee. But when it comes, everything changes. And the God Who once seemed distant and detached is now close and intimate. Where there was once no hope now there is suddenly expectation!

Who, or what, was the last angel that visited you? How long has it been since you’ve truly expected God to show up?

Mary and Joseph might have been the only ones “expecting” something amazing to happen that first Christmas night in Bethlehem, but not even they could’ve guessed all God had up His sleeve.

Angels would sing for shepherds.
The Creator would be created.
The Father became a Son.
God became a baby.
The Infinite became an infant.
The King of Kings became a peasant.
The Throne of Heaven traded for a manger.
The All-knowing became unknown.
The All-powerful became powerless.
And God was nursed by a teenage girl.

Prayer: God help me to keep my eyes open for Your messengers of hope this Christmas season and birth in me a greater expectation of Your presence and purpose in my life. In Jesus name Amen.

Chris Moore
Youth Pastor
Johns Creek Baptist Church

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  • Thanks for this uplifting message of HOPE in your words but inspired by God. Just as the wonderful sermon today touched me and gave me renewed HOPE during a challenging time in my life. Two people at church came up to me and told me they were praying for me now that gives you HOPE. I have had several phone calls and emails from family and friends this afternoon with thoughts and prayers which gives me HOPE. God knew that I needed all these messengers of HOPE, PEACE, LOVE, and JOY in my life today. I feel safe and secure in God’s hands as I face a cardiac ablation and pacemaker procedure to correct a complicated and unusual heart rhythm disorder. There will be two electrophysiologist cardiologist at St. Joseph’s working on me for several hours tomorrow. HOPE for no more shortness of breath, no more feeling light headed or dizzy and HOPE to have renewed energy. God is great and our HOPE for the future.
    God is so good in sending me this message of HOPE today. Blessings!!!

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  • Fabulous message Chris…I am consistently surprised at the activity that God definitely produces in our lives. So…sit back, wait and be amazed!

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  • Shirley S Lawson
    December 1, 2013 10:32 pm

    Shirley you are such a wonderful person and dear friend of mine. I tried to call but I am not sure of the number. I am praying for you and your family. Please call me when you can.. Love Shirley

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  • Thank you for your words of hope today. What a blessing to know of the hope we have today even when so many around us are trying so hard to destroy all hope. They may not see the real Hope but maybe we will be able to share it with others in this season of our greatest Hope, Love and Mercy and blessings for everyone we meet along the way. Thank you

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