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After seeing this commercial I knew what to get my dad for Christmas! As he opened his gift I urged him to splash some on his face – then I expectantly watched my mom to see her reaction. But she just sat there. She did not attack my dad. Not a single karate chop was needed. I was very disappointed to say the least. Perhaps this was my first lesson in life regarding unrealistic expectations!

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Though he never engaged in any false advertising, Jesus often had to deal with the unrealistic expectations that his prospective followers placed on him. It is easily seen as you read John 6. The feeding of the 5,000 was wildly popular. Free food always has been a way to please people! The crowd was pumped about having Free Food Jesus as their king. Jesus resisted their attempts to make him king – Jesus knew that they didn?t understand who he really was or why he was there. At the end of this long day he sends his 12 disciples into the teeth of a wicked storm – all by themselves. 12 men came real close to drowning on the Sea of Galilee that night. But Jesus brought them safely tho the other shore. Those 12 guys needed to realize that Free Food Jesus was Scary Storm Jesus too.

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There in Capernaum his popularity quickly tanked as he spoke some really hard and controversial words (commonly called the Bread of Life Discourse). Jesus claimed to be the bread that came down from heaven. He said that they needed to eat his flesh and drink his blood – a Jewish idiom for accepting him completely for who he really was. (Later rabbinic writings refer to “eating the Messiah”.) John records that at this point many of Jesus? followers left him. Free Food Jesus was cool but their interest and devotion ended there. Scary Storm Jesus, Eat my flesh – Drink my blood Jesus wasn?t so fun. Their expoectations were no longer being met – so they bolted.

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I think people still have unrealistic expectations of Jesus in our day too. Counting on him for things he never promised – projecting their self-centered agenda on him. A few unrealistic expectations I notice that many have:

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** Kids raised in good Christian homes will always turn out good.

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** People of faith shouldn?t get sick.

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** People of faith shouldn?t have financial difficulties.

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** Your moral choices aren?t very important because Jesus will always forgive you anyway.

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** Jesus owes it to us – to be happy and safe always.

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What unrealistic expectations of Jesus have you had or noticed in others??

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Peace,
?Dave