Taste And See
“Anyone chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.”
John 7:17 (NIV)
When people met or listened to Jesus, sometimes he made sense to them and sometimes he didn’t. Healings and free food made sense to a lot of people on one level or another (John 6:26). His working outside the religious hierarchy firmly condemned him in the minds of others (John 7:12). So the question arose: By what reference point or through what process can people know the truth or otherwise of Jesus’ message?
Perhaps we would like to understand God in terms of our needs, our affections, our reasoning or our grounding in religious tradition. All of these things have their positions along our path, but none of them stands as a vantage point from which we may truly perceive God. “No one can come to me,” Jesus said, “unless the Father who sent me draws them” (John 6:44). We simply have nothing—law, ethics, philosophy, science, self-appreciation or Tower of Babel—by which we are able to reach God.
So, how to find out whether Jesus’ teaching is self-styled or divine: experience it from the inside. “Taste and see that the Lord is good;” the psalmist David wrote whilst in exile; “Blessed is the man who trusts in him!” (Psalm 34:8 NKJV). You’ve probably heard the cliché, “The proof is in the pudding.” For me that conjures up the mental image of a typescript inside a pie, but it is actually the corruption of a valuable old proverb, “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” The way to know God’s truth is to live it.
Thank you for Jesus, the Bread of Life.
Study by Fiona Jones
Worldwide Church of God Perth
Combination of house churches and monthly outreach service and lunch
Gillespie Centre, Dunfermline, fortnightly
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