I am working through a study on the book of Revelation and came across this interesting insight. In Revelation 10:8-10, the apostle John is told to eat a scroll…which tasted sweet as honey and yet was bitter to his stomach. The author (Peter Hiett) made this suggestion:
If the gospel has never seemed bitter to you, you need to spend less time talking about Jesus and more time looking at Jesus. For in seeing Jesus, you see yourself. And that can be hard on the stomach. The undigested gospel is not the gospel…it’s religion…and law…works…condemnation…and death. Instead of being the salt of the earth and the light of the world, we become a political position, preaching ‘I am right and you are wrong’. Is that the gospel? It may feel sweet to my stomach but it tastes bitter when the world hears that from me. It should be the other way around: the gospel should be bitter in my stomach but sweet for the world to hear. God saves sinners of whom I am chief (1 Tim 1:15) – that is the digested gospel! (Eternity Now, pg 136)
It is only when I look at Jesus that I realize what a wretch I really am.
Thanks for listening.