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Attention: We have reopened for in-house worship and Bible classes (Please note new service and class times).

Please read a letter from our Elders regarding reopening for worship and Bible classes. After reading the letter from our Elders, please watch this video which contains supplemental information.

Worship services will be Sunday at 8:15a, 10:30a, 5:00p and Wednesday at 7:00p. Click here to watch.

Bible classes will be Sunday at 9:30a and Wednesday at 5:15p and 7:10p. Click here to find a class.

Crieve Hall is sponsoring a radio broadcast of a worship service on WAKM 950 AM each Sunday at 8:30 AM.

Messianic Expectation – One Word Devo

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE Isaiah 61:1

Have you ever expected something to turn out a certain way and to your surprise it came out completely different? This often happens when I try to cook. Maybe you expected a job to be a particular way, but once you started it is totally different. Perhaps you anticipated a relationship to move in a certain direction, but it ends up somewhere else. The Jews expect that when God sends the Messiah He would be a certain way, but Jesus defies their Messianic expectation.

Jesus Christ came with a mission. In typical Judaism, the expectation is of a Messiah who rules in a kingly fashion; however, the kind of Messiah described by Isaiah is a suffering servant (See Isaiah 52:13–53:12). This Anointed One will bring good news to the poor, bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom, and release the enslaved. This is a surprising assignment, one the Jews don’t exactly expect. After all, there’s no mention of Him ruling from a grand throne in Jerusalem.

Just as the Jews want their Messiah to look a certain way, we too demand God answer our requests in just the way we want. Indeed God answers prayer, but always in a way of His choosing and not ours. So while the Jews looked primarily for an earthly king on a literal throne, God’s Anointed will chiefly be a servant to the needy and marginalized.

It’s interesting that when Jesus offers a significant clue to His divine identity during a particular synagogue visit, He reads from this passage in Isaiah 61:1-2. After He reads and has sat down, He says, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:21). Jesus takes up the assigned task of being God’s Anointed, the Christ, to minister to a burdened and enslaved humanity. He is the Messiah who came to heal not dominate. He comes on a mission of mercy not might. Jesus is qualified to do the job, and He stays focused on His God-given mission even when it defies human expectations.

Today, I will…reflect on the fact that I cannot save myself and I am grateful to God for sending Christ to heal me of my sin. I want to submit my expectations to God’s sovereign will. I confess that although I may want things to work out in my life a particular way, I nevertheless receive God’s blessings in the way He sees fit to give them.

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