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THE KINGDOM SUPRISE
By Daniel C. Juster Th.D.
C. S. Lewis entitled his auto-biography, "Surprised by Joy." He did not expect to find any ultimate meaning in life, but was surprised by the work of the Spirit who led him to Yeshua. Often when God brings wonderful surprises, they do not fit into our expectations and we miss the blessing God is seeking to bring. We are surprised that God anoints an uneducated man and makes him a great preacher. Do we accept the gift and experience blessing? We are surprised at the outpourings of the Spirit and the things that accompanying that outpouring. We did not expect it to be this way, but can we recognize God's hand and receive the blessing?
The greatest stumbling block to the Jewish people was the surprise of the Kingdom demonstrated through Yeshua's words and deeds. The religious leadership could not embrace Yeshua because much of his revelation did not meet their preconceived expectations. Nothing of his revelation contradicted a contextual interpretation of Scripture. However, Jewish messianic expectations (based on their interpretations) were so rigidly held that the surprises of Yeshua were rejected. Today, the objections to embracing Yeshua are much the same as in the first century.
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