"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1)
"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)
John picks this up in a very real way when he is writing about this later on in his letter. Here he says...
"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched —this we proclaim concerning the Word of life." (1 John 1:1)
"How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" (Psalms 119:103)
"Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him." (Psalms 34:8)
How to taste God
If you are married, or have a girlfriend/boyfriend - the question would be the same. How would you like to engage with them, if you truly love them - letters or love - rules or relationship?
How do I taste God? In the amazing words he has recorded in his love letter to us (Bible) AND in every aspect of life. In the gentle whisper of the breeze. In the majestic grandeur of a mountain. In the smile of a child. In the touch of someone in need. God is in everything through his Spirit - he is everywhere.
How do we fully taste God? We have to put the recipe book down and step into restaurant of life.
We taste him when we allow him to work in our life.
We taste him when we step outside the boat and feel the wind and sea spray whipping our face but experience his peace.
We taste him when we open our hand to give and then see how much more God has already given us.
These are just some of the tastes in the restaurant of life. But we can only visit this restaurant and taste God when we leave the confines we've created.
Called to taste
What happens when you read an amazing recipe in a magazine? We put it aside and think - "I'll try that one day"
Recipes read are nothing compared to meals tasted.
Things experienced are more powerful than things watched.
The experience compels us to share. Almost involuntarily we are telling our friends about the amazing meal we had at the new restaurant in town. We want to share it, we have to share it. Why? Because it has impacted our life.
We MAY share the words about God but we will WANT to share our experiences of God.
When we look at the Bible we see that this is really what it is all about. Thousands of experiences. People who in very real ways shared their taste of God. Just consider the book of Acts - its called that because it is a book of Action - experiences. It is the restaurant of God open and serving a rich diversity of amazing tastes - and Peter, Paul, Stephen, Phillip, and many more are desperate, compelled to share these amazing experiences with us.
And why must we do this?
"Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good." (1 Peter 2:2-3)
"My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you." (Job 42:5)
1. Recipe God
2. Experience God
Tasting God is both essential for our spiritual growth and serious, as we are warned...
"It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance." (Hebrews 6:3-6)
Have you ever wondered why Jesus chose to have us remember him through a meal? He could have chosen a special song or an action we perform. Yet he chose a meal, because it invokes taste. We taste him. We feel him enter us. We experience him. He wants us to realize that a relationship with him is all encompassing...it will consume all of us, if only we will open to the experience.
"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me." (Revelation 3:20)
Let's open up and "taste and see that The Lord is good" (Psalms 34:8).