Disappointment - Jesus Knew It

W. Terry Varner
April 7, 2013

Some people think that life is lived without disappointments, though they have not so lived their life. The reason is simple, life will always have moments of disappointments. The life of the Christian is no different in this regard than the life of one who has never been obedient to Jesus’ gospel. An interesting thing about disappointments is that we do not have to worry about problems, disappointments, and discouraging times not finding us, as they will occur and they will find us. However, one of the basic reasons for disappointments is the conflict of people s lives and God’s word.

Disappointments occur for various reasons. Some disappointments, problems, and discouragements of life come from our involvement with sin. On the other hand some disappointments, problems, and discouragements are a normal part of life; i.e. death, tragedy, economic problems, etc. Consider:

  • Disappointment comes when we fail to see the spiritual growth we desire, or when we fail to see spiritual growth in fellow Christians. Paul gloried in the spiritual growth of the brethren in Thessalonica (2 Thess. 1:3-4).
  • Disappointment sometimes results from seeing members of the church not being faithful and seemingly nothing said or done corrects their problem.
  • Disappointment comes when others seem to undermine us by trying to destroy our influence.
  • Disappointment comes from having our confidence betrayed.

Disappointments Jesus knew during His ministry. Sometimes we have an unrealistic understanding of Jesus. We think because He is Deity, He could not be disappointed or discouraged, out not so. Mathew 11 gives three disappointments in the ministry of Jesus and we do not assume these are He ever had.

  • Jesus was disappointed when His Messiahship was question (Math. 11:1-6). John the Baptist was imprisoned and apparently could not imagine that Jesus was the Messiah that he thought He was. He became suspicious and sent his disciple asking Jesus, “Are You He that comes, or look we for another?” (Matt. 11:3). Jesus sent the disciples back saying that He preached the gospel and performed the miracles of the Messiah (Matt. 11 :-6).
  • Jesus was disappointmented when His methods were rejected (Matt. 11:7-19). Jesus was discouraged/disappointed with the (Pharisees) who had misrepresented and maliciously slandered Him to others. Jesus gave the Pharisees proof of His Messiahship, but the Pharisees considered Jesus a “glutton and winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners” (Matt. 11:19).
  • Jesus was disappointed when His ministry was rejected (Matt 11:20-24). For months He preached in the population centers around the Sea of Galilee. He received nothing but spiritual obstinacy, studied indifference, and silence—also known as objections, criticism, threats, etc. He evidenced that He was the Messiah by His “mighty works” (Matt. 11:20). In their stubborn hearts they refused to yield and Jesus was disappointed.

Jesus did the following:

  • He reaffirmed His doing His Father’s will in prayer (Matt. 11:25-26).
  • He reaffirmed His ministry as the Son of God (Matt. 11:27).
  • He reaffirmed that God’s blessings are found only in Him, but He is man’s only hope (Matt. 11:28-30).

There are many other disappointments Jesus experienced. He gave His life on Calvary for YOU and ME. Question: Are we not a disappointment to Jesus when hearing His word we reject it? Or, do we speak ill by denying His Deity?