You’ve probably heard the phrase, “The proof is in the pudding.” This means that you can talk about the ingredients of a pudding, you can brag on its taste, and you can tout its quality. But, the true test is in the tasting. And the Bible urges us to experience God in his fulness when it says in Psalm 34 verse 8, “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good.” In our daily scripture reading below Jesus is making this same point. You’ve seen his miracles, you’ve heard his stories, and you’ve read his parables. Now is the to receive him in his full glory by receiving him into your life.
(John 7:24-30) 24 “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.” 25 At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill? 26 Here he is, speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to him. Have the authorities really concluded that he is the Messiah? 27 But we know where this man is from; when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.”
28 Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, “Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own authority, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him, 29 but I know him because I am from him and he sent me.”
30 At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. 31 Still, many in the crowd believed in him. They said, “When the Messiah comes, will he perform more signs than this man?”