From Gavin’s desk 23/02/2020
Readings: Exodus 24: 12-18, Psalm 2, 2 Peter 1: 16-21, Matthew 17: 1-9
A foretaste of something good is always nice because it gives us evidence of something we anticipate will happen; something we hope for. A foretaste of something bad is obviously never pleasant because it gives us a taste of something we dread that is on the way and we are afraid it cannot be stopped. If we have a foretaste of something to come, it is not the whole thing, it is not that which we hope for or fear; but it is just a little taste of what we can expect. It is a sample, a taste, of something so much greater, something so much more incredible, of something so much more intense than what we experience in the present. A foretaste helps open our imagination to what is possible and if we remain on the road we are on; something that is probable. A foretaste does not mean that nothing can prevent what is to come, but should we choose to be faithful to the path we walk now, whatever may take place between the foretaste and the event itself will most likely not prevent the event itself from taking place.
This can be good or bad depending on the event that we anticipate. The foretaste can be a warning or it can be an encouragement. If the foretaste is of something good, we are given the courage to endure what is to come before the event itself is at its fulfilment. If it is of something bad, we have a warning before us and we are free to change the path that we walk because we are given the gift of seeing what lies ahead of us and it is not what we want to be a part of our reality. I might have a taste of the supper that is busy cooking and even though I need to do homework and bath before supper, I have evidence that it will be there and I have an idea of what it will taste like. That could either have me longing for supper during the homework and bath or it could have me changing what is likely by phoning for takeaways somewhere between homework and the bath because not all chefs fare equally.
Christ is transfigured into a foretaste of His glory that is to come and it is an incredible witness of His relationship with God, with the Law and with the Prophets, but this is only a foretaste of what will be when He enters into the fullness of His glory, into the fullness of the Love the Law was meant to describe and the fullness of the Promise that the Prophets spoke of. Before Jesus is clothed with a Glory we will not bear to look at without wearing the glasses of love offered to us by Christ; He will endure persecution, suffering, insults, rejection and even death. The foretaste does not prevent the shadows that Jesus will have to walk through, but it gives Him the courage to endure it because should He choose to be faithful to the path He set before the creation of the world, the foretaste will be realised in the consummation of the Lover and the beloved, of the bride and the bridegroom, of the people of God and God.
Every prayer, every act of devotion and of worship, every experience of God’s faithfulness, every conviction of the Holy Spirit, every act of mercy, every act of compassion and of justice, every communion table we share at is an incredible moment in itself but they are all also a foretaste of what is to come. They are all a foretaste of what will be even more glorious when we enter into the very presence of God. There may be much that takes place in-between this foretaste and the event itself, but that does not take away from the event; it reminds us that we are becoming what we were always meant to be and the road is not always an easy one to walk. Praise God that we do not have to walk it alone. God is with me. You are with me.