Daily Spirit & Word, 534: Taste and See That The Lord Is Good.
Psalm 34:8 (NIV) “Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”
Have you ever been given something to drink and the person giving it says, “Go on taste it, you’ll see that it’s good”? If you are twenty or older then you’ll not take a person’s word for it, because you’ve heard that statement before, you’ve had bad experiences when someone’s told you “It tastes great” and you’ve tasted it and it’s been horrible, sometimes all you’ve wanted to do is spit it our of your mouth. However, like ‘real’ coffee, once you’ve tried it, you’ll never want to go back to instant coffee again. Or when someone gives you a cup of instant, you’ll say “Oh, thank you very much”, but all your instincts will be to spew it out of your mouth.
When the Bible encourages us to “Taste and See” it’s encouraging us to try the genuine article, the bee-knees of religions, because faith in the LORD is the only genuine faith on the Earth today. All other religions might taste ok for a while, but once you’ve TASTED the LORD, there’s no going back.
So many people have had bad or negative experiences of ‘Christianity’ or ‘religion’, so when we tell people; “Go on try Jesus” It’s no wonder they look at us sceptically. Because they’ve tried ‘religions’ before, they didn’t live up to expectations, they didn’t deliver, so why should this Jesus guy be any different?
Sceptical = Disbelieving, doubting, questioning, unbelieving.
“Why is Jesus different from ‘religion’?”
The answer is in the question; ‘they’ve tried ‘religion’, but Christianity is very different from every other faith on the planet, it’s not about ‘religion’ but about a person, the person of Jesus Christ. Once you’ve tasted the LORD there’s no going back. Why? Because Jesus is the only genuine faith. Following Jesus is the only way to Heaven. Submitting to Jesus as LORD (tasting) is the only way to discover that Christianity is TRUE to all it’s promises. It’s the only religion that cannot be tried before you buy. With Jesus it’s ALL of NOTHING.
You can try, as countless millions all over the world are doing right now, they’re trying the Christian ‘religion’ without coming to Jesus. Religion is empty, even the so called ‘Christian’ religion. That’s why it’s so difficult sometimes to bring people to the Saviour, they’ve tried being ‘religious’, those aspects of the Christian Faith: prayer, confession, belief, communion, baptism, church attendance and religious activities and found (as you rightly would) there’s nothing in it, it’s empty.
That’s because Jesus didn’t call us to a ‘religion’, He called us to Himself. He said, “Come to me” (Matthew 11:28-30).
McDonald’s Without A Burger:
It’s a bit like going to a McDonald’s Drive Through, and after ordering and paying for your burger, you drive to a nice viewpoint to enjoy your Happy Meal, only to discover that when you sink your teeth into your bun, the burger is missing. Everything else is there; the lettuce, the tomato, the gherkin, the mayo and the tomato sauce, but where’s the burger? My friends, that’s exactly what any ‘religion’ is like without the LORD Jesus Christ. It’s empty, it doesn’t taste good, it tastes horrible, it just doesn’t deliver. So no wonder people are twice as hard-hearted when we try and tell them about the Lord Jesus. They’ve tried the so called ‘christian’ religion before, what’s going to be different this time?
LOOK at the results of truly TASTING:
Our verse today contains two promises for those who come and taste the SAVIOUR: The LORD.
The First Promise: “Taste and SEE”.
When we TASTE Jesus Christ our SIGHT is altered. We’ll actually SEE or KNOW.
What do you SEE? When you taste the LORD: Again go back to our verse and you’ll see that the LORD is “Good“.
He actually delivers upon this promise my friends. God really is GOOD and when we come to Jesus Christ first, before being religious or instead of being religious, then the Christian religion will begin make more sense. You’ll see if you taste the Lord Jesus first.
Until you come to Jesus Christ: You will be blind, you will not see, you will be in total spiritual darkness. Jesus Christ is the LORD this passage is talking about. He’s the only one who can open your blind eyes and let you see.
Look at this passage from John’s Gospel below, and you’ll begin to see, but you will not see FULLY until you actually come; to trust the WORD, to receive and trust the LIGHT of the world the LORD Jesus:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
What can we ‘SEE’ from the passage above? Jesus Christ is;
- The WORD of God. (verse 1).
- He is God (Verse 1)
- He Created ALL THINGS (The Universe). (Verses 2&3).
- He is the LIGHT of ALL LIFE. He gives ‘life’ to every creature (created thing). (Verse 4)
- He wants to give NEW LIFE to mankind, but mankind is in DARKNESS (When you are in darkness you cannot see).
“OK, BUT How do we begin to SEE?”
Just read on a few verses in John and you’ll SEE my friends, our eyes are opened once we obey this next step of faith:
John 1:10-13 “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him.
11 He came to that which was his own (the Jewish people), but his own did not receive him.
12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—
13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
Are you beginning to see? The Promise of being able to SEE comes true when we taste (receive) the LORD Jesus Christ.
The Second Promise: “Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him”.
You’ll be so blessed by tasting and seeing that the LORD is good.
Blessed beyond your wildest dreams.
Many people will now be asking, OK what’s the difference between ‘religious’ activity or practice and this tasting? Being religious without first coming to Jesus really is like a McDonald’s without a burger in the bun.
- It’s like having a fire in the winter and not lighting the fuel.
- It’s like having a rocket without the rocket fuel.
- It’s like getting an empty burger from McDonald’s.
So my friends, how do you taste the Lord? How do you see? How do you get blessed?
It’s the way we come to the Lord. Instead of being ‘religious’ following the practices of the Christian ‘religion’, we must come to the LORD Jesus Christ Himself first, then we’ll see, then we’ll know, then we’ll be blessed.
What did the first followers see when they trusted, followed and received Jesus Christ?
John 1:14 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
My friends, you’ll see the GLORY (The Goodness) of the Lord.
Again this is Jesus’ own promise to you.
John 17:24-26 24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.
26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
Once you receive Jesus (John 1:12) then John 17:26 comes to fulfillment “that I myself may be in them”… Jesus is IN you forever, you’ll SEE, you’ll KNOW and you’ll BE blessed. Why? Because you’ll see the glory (goodness) of the LORD. John 1:14, John 17:24.
If you have tried ‘religion’ and found it empty.
If you have tried the Christian ‘religion’ and found it empty.
Then, It’s no wonder, because no ‘religion’ can ever enable you to see and know and be. You must come to Jesus Christ first and receive Him as the LORD of your life, then you see, then you’ll know the goodness of the LORD.
Can I encourage you today to come in repentance and receive Jesus Christ by faith today?
Once you do, you’ll SEE and KNOW and BE blessed.
Psalm 34:8 (NIV) “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”
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