Matthew 1:23 - A Season of Expectation

A Season of Expectation

"Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, 'God with us.'" (Matthew 1:23, NKJV)

Expectancy fills the pages of the Bible regarding the birth of our Savior. A young woman anticipates the words spoken by an angel about her future and that of the child she has yet to bear. Still, she clings to the angel’s words and her world—and ours—are changed.

We did not witness this event but we surely can empathize. In your life, you may have received words alluding to your character and potential — perhaps a family’s blessing or a boss’s appreciation. Each of us has had words like these spoken over us, and perhaps they have yet to come into fulfillment. Like Mary, we are full of anticipation.

What I appreciate most about Mary is that while she did not know her future she still replied, “… be it unto me …” (Luke 1:38). Let us not dwell on the details but simply “be it unto me.”

As a student at Haskell Indian Nations University and the administrative assistant with Haskell LIGHT Campus Ministry, I anticipate walking across the stage and receiving my degree. Yet, it does not compare to the celebration of our Savior’s birth, nor does it compare to His name Immanuel, “God with us.”

Jesus is with us while we await promises to come, and He is with us when they are birthed. This season of expectancy is in the air and God is with us both now and forever.

Father, thank You for being with me and loving me. I ask you to fill me with expectation this Advent season. Thank you for sending your most perfect gift in Your Son, Jesus.

- Robin Santos (Tohono O'odham), Lawrence, Kansas

It has been a year of exciting expectation at our Haskell LIGHT Campus Ministry with standing-room-only crowds for worship and a new facility taking shape. Catch up on the latest Haskell LIGHT Campus Ministry news here.