Great Expectations
by Lois Tverberg

Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel." The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too. Luke 2:28-35

Soon we will be entering Advent and preparing for Christmas, the celebration of the birth of the Messiah, God's great gift to the world. God had a plan that he had hinted about for centuries, but yet he still very much surprised the world. For many it wasn't easy to swallow - it was a stumbling block for Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.

On the road to Emmaus, Jesus opened the Scriptures and shared them with the disciples, showing them all the things they said about his mission on earth. Wouldn't that have been a wonderful conversation to hear? This month we will open the scriptures and imagine what he might have said.

For many of us, we aren't clear on what the Scriptures had promised about the one who was to come, and how Jesus fulfilled it. So we will spend this month looking through some of the important scriptures that fortell his mission, and how the events of his life fulfilled what was said about him. We will have a better understanding what his mission was when we put him into the context of his scriptures. And we will gain a better understanding of our own mission too!

We invite you to join us in pondering what the significance and meaning was of the coming of the Christ, the Anointed one. May all of us be blessed by this undertaking.

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