Great Expectations—Hope

Tim Fulkerson | 12.1.19
Luke 2:22–38
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For most of us, waiting is a hard thing to do. While enduring many years of waiting, Simeon faithfully positioned himself to receive what God had promised. When Jesus was presented at the temple in Luke 2, Simeon witnessed the fulfillment of God’s word in a profound way. Like Simeon, we too must put our hope in God and make sure our lives are fully devoted to Him. God’s timing is best, and if He has given us a promise, we can expect great things!

            

Great Expectations—Peace

Tim Fulkerson | 12.8.19
Luke 2:22–38
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Israel had expectations of the promised Messiah, however, their expectations were too low. Many of us today suffer from the same problem. While we may have certain expectations, our focus is often on our own comforts rather than the person of Jesus Christ. If this is true, our expectations are not great at all. Like Mary, God may take us down a road of sorrow and suffering in order to fulfill His holy purposes. We must therefore submit ourselves completely to God’s plan, no matter the cost.

            

Great Expectations—Joy

Tim Fulkerson | 12.15.19
Luke 2:22–38
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An elderly woman who witnessed Jesus’ presentation at the temple is a great example for us. While Anna faced difficult social and financial circumstances, she daily committed herself to praise and worship God. She reveals to us that those who make holy worship to God and priority, will not miss what God has planned. They will behold the beauty and the glory of the Lord. May we too learn to delight ourselves in God and trust Him in all circumstances.

            

Great Expectations—Love

Tim Fulkerson | 12.22.19
Luke 2:22–38
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Anna was a woman who testified daily of God’s faithfulness at the Temple. She helps us see that truly great expectations will always move us toward ministry and witness. When we adjust our expectations off of ourselves and our own comforts, and onto Jesus and His calling in our lives, we begin to see God’s perfect plan unfold. Both Simeon & Anna’s example shows us what it means to worship God while waiting for the promise!