The people who sit in the darkness can be blissfully unaware of the light that may be about to dawn, so when it does come they were not prepared for that light to be a person. They and we hoped but were not sufficiently convinced to drop everything so that their expectations can be realized.
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?1 Thessalonians 2:19
There is a nakedness that attends every expectation. Our hoping is an admission of poverty in some respect. We hope for things we do not have and the lack is a condition we know will end. Hope must be allowed to settle us and be treated as part of Christ’s saving equipment.
1 John 2:28
And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.