“Expect the unexpected” is a phrase I often use when I am going into a situation where I am not sure of the outcome. When I reflect on this, I am probably saying ‘expect a tricky situation and if it’s not … well that’s a bonus!’
I would imagine that Jesus’ family, friends and followers would have really come to ‘expect the unexpected’ not in the way I use it, but far more literally! Healing the sick, bringing back to life people who had died, hanging out with the outcasts of society, calming storms, turning water into wine, walking on water, being ruthlessly honest with the teachers of the law, are just a few examples of ‘the unexpected’.
However, when they watched Jesus being crucified on a cross it is obvious from the descriptions of their actions in Luke’s gospel that ‘expecting the unexpected’ was more about fear of what might happen to them after Jesus’ death. Mary and the other women ‘didn’t know what to think’ when they saw and heard the angel in the empty tomb, the disciples didn’t believe the women (although Peter did go to check), the two men on the way to Emmaus couldn’t understand what happened and when Jesus DID appear to the disciples they were terrified with fear. What does Jesus bring them in this uncertain situation, the unexpected ‘peace’.
When Jesus is around ‘expect the unexpected!!’
As Easter people we can expect the unexpected every day in a good way. Jesus has defeated sin, death and the devil, and now nothing can keep us from God’s love, providing us with a whole new ‘unexpected’ way of seeing ourselves, others and the world around us.
Time for celebration!
Educational Leadership Director