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“John (the Baptist) wore a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey” — Matthew 3:4.

A former beekeeper, myself, I know bees don’t take kindly to being robbed. We wore special clothing and took special precautions to avoid being stung — but John ate wild honey. He would just reach in and get some! Why?

Evidently he valued the taste of honey more than the sting.

Now let’s focus on a passage from Saint Paul:

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” — 2nd Corinthians 4:7-10

For the Apostle, following Christ sometimes stung — troubled, perplexed, persecuted, cast down. Yet he kept at it! Why?

Evidently he valued the taste of Christ more than the sting.

There is sweetness in Christ found nowhere else that, once tasted, causes some to value it more than anything else. That’s what we have — Wild Honey, and it’s great!!

— fritz

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And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. – John 1:20

I’m not the messiah. That should be obvious but sometimes I start acting as if I were — don’t you?.

Frank G. Honeycutt

Frank G. Honeycutt, Lutheran pastor and author, tells of attempts at rescuing a loved one from suffering, trying to work for justice and peace, striving to actually make a difference in complex problems only to discover “dark and evil powers that perpetuate selfishness, greed, and violence”.

There is a point any Christian reaches in their reflection and witness and disappointment where the most helpful thing to say is exactly what John said to his interrogators: “I am not the Messiah”

For those of us who’ve tried to be, there are few words as sweet.”1 – Frank G. Honneycutt

I know who IS the messiah — Jesus, and he can do all things.

–fritz@langgang.com
1. Marry a Pregnant Virgin Unusual Bible Stories for new and Curious Christians by Frank G. Honeycutt, Augsburg Books 2008, page 27

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