What_do_you_expect_2 What
are your expectations of God?

You
know what I never realized about the resurrection until getting ready for this weekend?  Jesus said over and over again that He would
suffer and die and rise again.  He told
his followers that He would suffer and die and rise again. He told people who were not his followers
that He would suffer and die and rise again.  Yet when He suffers and dies and is buried, who was waiting there at the
tomb?  Nobody!  Nobody expected it.  Wrong expectations!

Mary
comes to the tomb that Sunday morning, but she didn’t come expecting an empty
tomb.  Mary came to embalm a dead body; she was expecting a corpse. Like the rest of Jesus’ own followers, she had
the wrong expectations!

And
when Mary found the stone was rolled away and Jesus’ body wasn’t there, she
still didn’t expect the resurrection. She thought somebody must have stolen His body.  Wrong expectations!

And
even when Jesus appears to Mary, she’s still not expecting it; she thinks He is
the gardener. But then Jesus says her name, “Mary”…and her expectations all
changed.

He’s alive!

What
do you expect from God?

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