You Should Really Be Reading Craddock

Fred Craddock ends a sermon called “Only One God But Just In Case” like this:

One day, one day, the disciples could understand it no more. Jesus was talking about leaving and he said to them, “Farewell; in a little while you won’t see me.”

They couldn’t stand it so finally Philip, speaking for the group, said, “Show us God and we’ll be satisfied. Just show us God.”

And Jesus said, “Oh, you want to see God.” And a child, epileptic, falling in the fire, falling in the water, worrying his parents to death, is brought to Jesus and Jesus hugs him and touches him and heals him.

The disciples said, “Well, yes, that’s nice and all, but we want to see God.” And a leper comes and Jesus reaches out and touches the leper and heals him. The disciples said, “But we want to see God. We want to see God.”

And Jesus said, “Oh, you want to see God.”

So some young mothers come with their little babies. They’re crying and the mothers are sticking the pacifiers in their mouths. They have to change a diaper and it’s a little disturbing and noisy and the twelve apostles come in and say, “Get the kids out of here; we’re trying to have the Kingdom.”

Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t you stop the children, for of such is the kingdom of God.”

“But we want to see God.”

He said, “Oh, you want to see God.”

They said, “Yes.”

So he took a towel and a basin of water and he washed their feet. They cried, “Oh no, don’t, don’t, no, we want to see God.”

He said, “Oh, you want to see God.” And so he picked up a cross, started up the hill, turned around and looked at every one of us and said, “Have I been with you all this time and you don’t know that whoever has seen me has seen God?”

Is this enough? Or do you need a little backup?

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