by Stephen Whitney

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Great Expectations (2 of 4)
Series: Advent
Stephen Whitney
Luke 1:67-75

Expectation is looking forward to something which is going to happen. It could be: a new beginning, position or relationship. Or it could be: a different job, a gift or the birth of a child.

English novelist Mary Cross (d. 1880) wrote, ''Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.'' English writer Owen Feltham (d. 1668), ''All earthly delights are sweeter in expectation than enjoyment.''

In our sinful world our expectations are often not met and instead we end up disappointed about what we hoped for.

God never disappoints us because he always keeps his promises. 1. He promised to bring his people out of slavery in Egypt. 2. He promised they would be his chosen and special people. 3. He promised to bring them into the promised land of Canaan. 4. He promised he would send them a Messiah to deliver them. We trust God because he always keeps his promises.

Background :18 Zechariah's last words in the temple to the angel, who told him he would have a son, were of doubt and unbelief that God could give him a son because he and his wife were too old to have children.

His first words after his son was born and his speech was restored are a song of praise focusing on the great expectations of the coming Messiah who would save his people from their sins.

PRAISE FOR THE MESSIAH :68-70 Thanksgiving :68 Blessed (NIV praise) - Gk. happy or fortunate. When it is used in reference to God it means honor or praise. Eph. 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel - was a common form of expressing thanksgiving or praise to God for what he had done. Psalm 72:18 Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. Visited - Gk. to look upon or after to see how they are doing. Exodus 3:16 I have visited you and seen what is done to you.

The purpose was to help them or alleviating their suffering. Matt. 25:36 I was sick ...

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