Would Jesus have been born if no one was looking for Him? If no one expected Him, would He have come? Charles Wesley wrote, “Come, Thou long-expected Jesus, born to set Thy people free; from our fears and sins release us; let us find our rest in Thee. Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth Thou art; dear Desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.”
The miracle of expectation takes place when someone grabs hold of what God is about to do and runs with it. I see a picture of the fulfillment of expectation in John, chapter 1. Speaking of Jesus coming into the world, John writes, “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.” They weren’t expecting Him. “He came to His own place, and His own people did not receive Him.” They weren’t expecting Him. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:10-12). Those who were expecting Him received Him; and they reaped the reward.