Not What I Expected

Not What I Expected

Life in Christ is not what we expected, it is more than we expected!

Jonah 4:1-1
1 This displeased Jonah terribly and he became very angry. 2 He prayed to the LORD, “Isn’t this what I said, LORD, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. 3 Now, LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”

Jonah 4:11
God, “Should I not cared about the 120,000 souls in Ninveh?

  • Living in question mark doesn’t allow us to find answers, see the value God has for people, enjoy the moment
  • The Kind Of God We Have
    • “I knew that you were gracious and compassionate”
    • He loves the unlovable – abounding in love
    • He gives grace that is undeservedHis first desire was to find away to forgive – not send the punishment we deserve

Matthew 26:6-13
6 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. 8 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. 9 “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” 10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

  • Matthew 26 summary
    • The priests and politicians are in the palace plotting how they kill Jesus.
    • Jesus is at a Lepers house…
    • A woman enters with an alabaster jar,
  • Another Question Is Raised, “Why this waste?”
    • The Attitude Answer We Need Is In The Alabaster Jar
  • Judas Was Living In The Question Mark
    • They are always thinking about what they can get – How much can I get for Jesus?
      • How can I benefit?
      • Christianity is not for your benefit.
      • Christianity is about bringing Christ glory
      • Christianity is about sacrificing for others
      • You benefit but the goal is not to be for your benefit
    • But the true worshipper says, what can I give him
      • What gift could ever be enough, What gift could ever reflect,
      • The true worshipper wants to give God their best and God is worthy of our extravagance in worship… To give him are whole heart. To bless His name.
    • On The Way To The Cross, The Disciples Had More Questions Than Answers
      • At his arrest
        • What are you doing?
      • At his crucifixion
        • Why are you allowing this?
      • At his death
        • How can this be happening?
      • After he was buried
        • Was It Worth It?
  • Ask The Question, But Wait For An Answer
    • Don’t live in the question mark
    • Because the third day is coming
    • Answers are rising
    • Life is reviving
    • Hope is breathing again
    • Light is defeating the darkness
  • Life In Christ, Is Not What We Expected, It Is More Than We Expected
    • A life that is greater than the grave
    • In Christ…
      • We win
      • We overcome
      • We endure the suffering and allow it to grow us
      • We take up our cross and go charging into the fire to rescue the perishing
      • Christianity is not for my benefit, it is for God’s Glory and to teach me to love others.
        • Not..How can I benefit
        • It is how can I bless
        • It is not what can I gain…
        • It is how can I give back glory to God who gave his only begotten son.