Advent 2017 | Day 4 | Karissa Hass

Please join us over the next several weeks as we journey through this Advent season.  We will be hearing from many of our City Church staff as well as members of the congregation as we all ponder the mysteries of this season.  Today’s contribution comes from City Church Member,  Karissa Hass.

In Whom Is My Expectation?

Expectation holds excitement.  It’s straightforward definition is , “A strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future,” and, “A belief that someone will or should achieve something.”  Some of us have high expectations of ourselves and others.  Occasionally we and others fulfill expectations,  but we are always left wanting something else, something more.  What do we seek?  In the end, we desire something that lasts. Perhaps we are looking for something eternal?  Do we want eternal comfort, or emotional security, or sense of purpose, or friendship?  Do we want to be loved and understood perfectly?  Do we desire to love and understand and serve others perfectly?  But how?

For thousands of years, God promised His people salvation. In Psalm 9:18 we are told, “The expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.”.  Jeremiah 29 promises “... a future and a hope….” and that God’s people “...will call upon Me and go and pray to Me….And you will seek Me and find Me….”.  What do we expect to find in God’s long promised salvation? Is it personal fulfillment?  Sometimes, I think, we forget the object of our expectation.  Our long awaited expectation is Jesus Christ, the person.  God’s salvation brings us the perfect and eternally fulfilling gift of Himself. God did not forget His promise.  Christ’s first advent brought salvation, full and free just as Simeon testified in Luke 2:30 upon seeing the baby Jesus, “For my eyes have seen Your salvation.”  We believe what Christ accomplished in the first advent and eagerly await the second advent, His reappearing.  

May our testimony be like that of Abraham in Romans 4 that “...being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.  And therefore it was accounted to him for righteousness.”  Our righteousness is Christ.  Our expectation is that every emotional, spiritual, relational desire will indeed be met through Christ alone.  1 John 3:2 reminds us,  “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.  But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”

We live in excited expectation that Jesus will never leave us wanting.