Having the wrong expectations of the Lord

Luke Bible Background

05.05.2016 New Testament: Luke 24.19b–24

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 24.1–35 on May 5, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

After His resurrection, Jesus came upon two men as they talked about Him, but He prevented them from knowing His identity. When He asked what they were talking about that was making them sad, they asked with puzzlement whether He was the only one in those days who did not know what things had just transpired in Jerusalem. He asked, “What things?”

And He said to them, “What things?” So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see” (Luke 24.19–24).

They had expectations that Jesus did not meet, and they did not realize how the things that had just happened fulfilled prophecy, both of the Scriptures, and from the things He taught.

If you have expectations of the Lord, watch out, for you may miss what He has truly done and you may miss the teaching of Scripture.


  • What are your expectations of the Lord?
  • Have you been disappointed in Him?

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