In the time when Jesus came, the people of Israel had everything figured out. They had studied history enough to understand their culpability, to know that repentance and right living was necessary, and to anticipate a savior. They had studied Judges and understood the sinful pattern of their past and the redemption that was to come if they turned to God. They had studied the prophets to know that God had great promises for them if they just got right with the Lord.
There they sat in anticipation. They looked for the next military leader. They looked for the next Samson or David. They were assured that when God would come He would come in such a way that Rome, who currently occupied their land would be overthrown, and they would once again live as the jewel of the earth.
Then… SURPRISE!!! God sent His Son, born in humility, destined for death… the perfect sacrifice, not just for the Jews but for the redemption of all men. (1 Corinthians 2:9) “But, as it is written, What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.” God worked in a way that we as men could have never imagined. Where we were expecting a king, God sent a shepherd. Where we were expecting a man of great stature, Christ came as a man whose looks were just normal. Whatever we thought was coming, God surprised us by doing something that can only be attributed to the wisdom of heaven. Jesus Christ is God’s great surprise.