Despite early predictions of a landslide and later predictions of a comfortable majority, I would say that most of us were taken by surprise at the result of the general election. One unusual opinion poll put the two parties neck-and-neck, but it was an unexpected result.
A number of years ago I read a story about the couple who planned a trip to see their relatives in Sydney, Australia. They booked their trip on the internet, made all the reservations online and turned up at the airport on the day of travel.
It didn’t seem to ring any alarm bells with them when they boarded an Air Canada aircraft but when they disembarked in Toronto, Canada and went to make their connection they were shocked to discover that they had only a two hour flight to Sydney, Nova Scotia! Completely unexpected, they could hardly have been further away from where they intended to be – 10,500 miles to be precise.
On one occasion when the Lord Jesus was asked the question: ‘are there few that be saved‘ (Luke 13: 23) he explained that at the end of time many would find themselves closed out of heaven. Many who had fully expected to be there.
They are pictured as standing outside, knocking on the door and protesting: ‘we have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets‘ (Luke 13: 26).
These are people who recognised who the Lord Jesus was. The fact that they had eaten in his presence suggests ‘churchgoing’ people. The fact that they had heard him teaching in their streets suggests people with a religious outlook. And because of this they expected to get in.
What had gone wrong?
The answer that the Lord Jesus gave to these people was this: ‘I know you not … depart from me‘ (Luke 13: 27). The problem was that the Lord had no personal knowledge of them. And they had no personal faith in him.
They were relying on religion.
It promises much but delivers little.
The Lord Jesus said ‘come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest‘ (Matthew 11: 28). The Bible also assures us that ‘whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed‘ (Romans 10: 11) – they won’t be embarrassed or let down.
Trusting in Christ there can be no unexpected results!