Unexpected Becoming Expected – Rev. Robert Tarpley

Unexpected Becoming Expected

"Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."  
1 Corinthians 2:8-9
As I read this scripture one thing keeps coming to my mind over and over. When the unexpected becomes the expected.

When when the crowd cried crucify and the soldiers beat him, crucified him and placed him in the tomb they expected it to be over. They expected his time to have come to an end BUT THEN, the stone was rolled away and out walked my savior!

The Lord of glory fulfilled prophecy and rose again on the third day (John 2:19).

What the crowd of people expected was not what Jesus had expected when he said "destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up".
As my mind begins to scroll down the pages of scripture I see multiple occurrences where the man's expectation was different than God's expectation.
We read about a Possessed man in Mark Chapter Five:
"And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit." Mark 5:1-2
We find a man with a Problem that no man could control. He was possessed with an unclean spirit. The people in the village had absolutely no expectation of his situation ever changing.

As we continue to read we find the unexpected became the expected. Let's look at more of the story.
"Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones." Mark 5:3-5 
Our Expectation said he was uncontrollable, unchangeable, he was a hopeless case. He would leave this earth a possessed man.
"But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit." Mark 5:6-8
In verse 6 we find the Unexpected, we find a possessed man running to Jesus and worshipping him.
This man, full of unclean spirits, whose name was "Legion: for we are many" all of a sudden realized the expectation they had of tormenting this man until his death was taking an unexpected turn for the worse.

The unexpected
Jesus showed up
and they new when Jesus showed up - that his expectation was deliverance! They new their time was up. We find in the rest of the story that their preconceived ideas came in contact with a man named JESUS who always shows up with ideas that defy our expectations.
Our Unexpected change is Gods expected change.
We as apostolic men, full of the Holy Ghost, sometimes perfect the words we speak, but how great are our expectations?

Men, I believe we have to become great men of faith to change this world we live. Programs and classes have there place but faith and expectation in God can change our families, and our homes.

I believe today is the day we can look ourselves and make the bold deceleration that: MY GOD can and will move in my life! MY GOD can and will move in the life of my children, and my family!
Today is the day God can step in and bring his mighty expectation to pass.
Rev. Robert Tarpley
NTXD MEN Committee - SW Section

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