Interesting when you think about expectations.
Some were expecting Him the first time. They believed God’s prophets. “And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. (Luke 2:25-26NASB)
Israel even had a prophetess named Anna, and there were others who had expectations of the redemption of Jerusalem. How thrilling to be expecting Emanuael, the Lord’s Messiah!
“And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers. At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.” (Luke 236-38NASB)
A prophet cannot tell you something Jesus does not know. This time there are no hints, Jesus is coming unexpectedly, as a thief. “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” (Matthew 24:36NASB) There are signs that He is coming soon. That’s the best I can tell you. Look around and you will see them too. It is thrilling to be expecting Jesus, our God and King.
Expectations, or the lack of them, tell us a lot about ourselves. They are personal revelations to honestly consider, as a follower of Christ. Are we truly expectant and praying “Come, Lord Jesus, Come!”? Or is there something we think would be better? Better than Christ stepping in and putting an end to sin? The saved, by God, ruled by a Righteous King.
Only the Father knows the day and hour. But we can pray, “Father, send us Your Son.”