The Common Jesus?
Unnamed and unnumbered men strolled beside the violent Pharisee Saul as they neared Damascus. In fear they watched while Saul collapsed to the ground.
These men became speechless. Saul's blinding vision of Jesus they were present for, but did not receive.
A now blind Saul had encountered Jesus, they hadn't!
My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me. (Acts 22:9)
In more modern thought Saul's supernatural experience may well be dismissed in disbelief:
The sun is too hot...
You have had a stroke...
You are too weary...etc.
The world is always ready to devalue experience, or pour sour judgments when one's experience is different.
The aligning of experiences is no guarantee from Jesus.
Jesus' self-revelation is not consistent across people. He reveals Himself as He alone knows best, to reach each person.
- Refuse to discount another's Christian experience simply because it is not your own.
- Permit no measurement upon another's experience of Jesus by yours.
- Choose no condemnation upon those whose paths you have not trodden, lights you have not seen or shoes you have never worn.
Jesus is common for all men, but not common to all men.
No man is at the mercy of an argument when he has an experience. ~ Leonard Ravenhill
Today's Soul Snippet:
"There is no almighty queue when you approach the almighty." ~ Michael Cartwright
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