Have you tasted Jesus????

It is a beautiful morning, sitting here behind the glass looking out it appears to be cool with a nice breeze, the sun is just coming up over the mountain, the rich vibrant greens so eager to bless us, the birds singing, even tucked away inside with the air running, I can hear them as they sing so proudly...I grabbed a cup of coffee, went out to sit and enjoy the day with our Father in heaven...opened the door, the heat of the new day hit me in the face and I decided to share my cup from inside where the air is cool! Whimpy I know, so many are without air and they are not sitting, complaining...I am so thankful for this modern comfort, have been without air, been through the scorching summers and pray that anyone who is in this heat today will be given comfort and blessings from their struggles.

As I sat this morning, I asked God, "Father what can I do for you today?" I may not get a booming reply, I may not literally hear his words, but I know he will guide me in the direction that will help someone in need of his divine wisdom and grace today, I know that he will lead someone into my area that is in need of a kind word and a genuine smile, and I know that he will make a way for me so that I can continue to honor him in my step to step walk to my kingdom in heaven! If you are in need of a friend today, if you are in need of someone just to listen or if you are in need of a huge dose of inspiration you have come to the right place!!!

have you tasted jesus?
-- Author unknown

At the University of Chicago Divinity School, each year, they have what is called "Baptist Day." On this day, each one is to bring a lunch to be eaten outdoors in a grassy picnic area. Every "Baptist Day" the school would invite one of the greatest minds to lecture in the theological education center. 

One year they invited Dr. Paul Tillich. Dr.Tillich spoke for two and one-half hours attempting to prove that the resurrection of Jesus was false. He quoted scholar after scholar and book after book. He concluded that since there was no such thing as the historical resurrection, the religious tradition of the church was groundless, emotional mumbo-jumbo... because it was based on a relationship with a risen Jesus, who, in fact never rose from the dead in any literal sense. He then asked if there were any questions.

After about 30 seconds, an old, dark skinned preacher with a head of short-cropped, woolly white hair stood up in the back of the auditorium. "Docta Tillich, I got one question," he said as all eyes turned toward him.

He reached into his sack lunch and pulled out an apple and began eating it. "Docta Tillich... CRUNCH, MUNCH... My question is a simple question... CRUNCH, MUNCH... "Now, I  ain't never read them books you read... CRUNCH, MUNCH... and I can't recite the Scriptures in the original Greek... CRUNCH,  MUNCH... I don't know nothin' bout Niebuhr and Heidegger... CRUNCH, MUNCH..."

He finished the apple... "All I wanna know is: This apple I just ate... was it bitter or sweet?

Dr. Tillich paused for a moment and answered in exemplary scholarly fashion... "I cannot possibly answer that question, for I haven't tasted your apple." 

The white-haired preacher dropped the core of his apple into his crumpled paper bag, looked up at Dr. Tillich and said calmly, "Neither have you tasted my Jesus." 

The 1,000 plus in attendance could not contain themselves. The auditorium erupted with applause and cheers.

Dr. Tillich thanked his audience and promptly left the platform.

Have you tasted Jesus?

"Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. If you have, rejoice in the hope of the resurrection that your faith in Him brings." -- Psalm 34:8

1 comment:

Vicki Kennedy said...

That's right!!!!!! Amen!!