THE ROAD TO CALVARY IS PAVED WITH UNMET EXPECTATIONS
Our expectations can mislead us, especially when we expect God to work in a certain way. Judas’ expectations were challenged when Jesus defended Mary’s use of expensive perfume to anoint His feet. The crowd’s expectations of Jesus being the king who would raise up an army to overthrow the Romans were also challenged as He rode into Jerusalem not on a warhorse, but on a young donkey. Unmet expectations can lead us down the path of surrender, where we recognize that God’s ways are not our ways, and that His ways are better, or it can lead us down the path of rejection, where we shout, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” with the rest of the angry mob. As we near the final days of Jesus, we will see that many will choose the path of rejection which will ultimately lead to His death.
In what appears to be a high point during Jesus’ ministry we begin to see the seeds of rejection that will eventually lead to His arrest, trial, and execution as we continue with “Life’s Meaning and Purpose: an in-depth study of the Gospel of John.”