This message is a beautiful and awe-inspiring defense of the God-ness, Greatness, and Grandeur of Jesus Christ. Throughout Christian history, the integrity and divinity of Jesus has always been under attack, and again in our modern day, the barrage is fierce against Him. However, the Bible does not stutter on this point. And, likewise, this particular message doesn't stutter in its presentation of Christ's preeminence. Jesus is God, Creator, come to this earth to make for Himself a New Creation. May every knee bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord!
The title of this message says it all. If you are needing grace for dealing with people, then this message is built just for you. Jesus Christ, through His Cross Work, has supplied everything we need for excellence in our relationships with family members, friends, co-workers, and even those who treat us like dirt beneath their fingernail. So, instead of complaining that people are too difficult and too frustrating to love - let's go to Jesus and get the Almighty Grace we need to succeed.
People and cultures throughout the ages have sought to hear the voice of God. Some have sought to hear God through weird transcendental meditative states. Some have sacrificed unto idols and the sun, moon and stars hoping that "the gods" would be pleased and communicate with them and bless them. Some have gone off to some cave, and come out proclaiming to have heard from God, and thus we have Islam, Mormonism and other such religions. It seems like we as humans have tried anything and everything to hear God's voice. So, how does the Christian hear God's voice? Are we left to rely on some inner train of spontaneous thoughts, and hope that one of them is actually God's voice leading us? Do we over-spiritualize our words and just say "thus saith the Lord" even if we're not sure that the Lord has thus said?! Here's the miraculous reality, God has been and is always speaking to His people! How? Well, that's what this message is all about!
When the Apostle Paul and his traveling companion, Silas, were thrown into a dark prison cell, they did something very strange. They sang songs of praise. When Jesus was upon the Cross - beaten, abused, bleeding, mocked, reviled - He did a strange thing. He loved, He forgave, and He died for His murderers. The world does not know what to do with such behavior. When a man is squeezed, most commonly it is pride, anger, frustration, bitterness, and self-defensiveness that come streaming out of him. But not the Christian man. Out of the Christian man streams Life - the Life of Jesus Christ.
There are two incontrovertible facts that make up the basis of "expectancy." 1) God cannot lie, and 2) God has promised. If it's true that God cannot lie, then when He promises, that means that we can be fully assured that He will perform that which He promises. This is the make-up of faith. And this is the make-up of expectancy. For when God says He's coming, the "expectant" soul sits at the window and awaits His coming, never doubting for a moment, that God said it, and therefore, surely He will do it.