April 11, 2007
Faith, Scones and Smoke Rings
“Holmes,” said Watson. “I come to you this evening with a great mystery to solve. I am not sure that even you can solve this one.”
“We are learned men, my dear Watson; men of scholarly pursuits, quick wit and an ever discerning eye. What are the clues? Tell me what you know, Watson and we shall solve this great mystery in due time.”
The men settled into their comfortable chairs before the roaring fire in the hearth. A fresh pipe at hand and a steaming pot of coffee and scones on the table between them should they talk long into the night, as they had many times before, and feel the need of a light repast to calm hungry bellies and a warm beverage to soothe throats grown sore from much conversation.
After settling himself so, he began to speak, a note of wonder in his tone. “I know the story of a man,” said Watson, “an evil man who became a different man, a better man, or so I’m told by those who know him best and all for the reading of the Bible and the attending of church. He moves with a lightness in his step, and often a smile on his craggy, unpleasant face and has even been witnessed many times giving money to the widows and orphans. You must understand, Holmes that I have seen him spit on a beggar with my own eyes, and now he tends to them as gently as if they were newborn babes.”
“Have you any other clues?” asked Holmes, after some time, apparently sleeping in his chair, but for the delicate puffs of smoke wafting ceiling ward.
“The signs you say, “said Watson stroking from the base of his nose to the tip of his chin with one well-manicured chubby finger. “It says here in the Bible, and I quote, “Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith: Christ appeared in the flesh and was shown to be righteous by the Spirit. He was seen by angels and was announced to the nations. He was believed on in the world and was taken up into heaven. (1 Tim 3:16 NLT) What does it mean, Holmes?”
“And here in Job 11:7-18 it says, and I’m paraphrasing my dear friend, the only way to discover the mysteries of God is to have faith in them. I know you to not only be a man of great intellect but also a man who believes in intuition and is skilled at sensing the unseen, so what do you make of it old chap?” Watson asked, as he closed the Bible with a snap and began to puff leisurely on his pipe, one leg crossed over the knee of the other as he reclined in the deep chair, eyes half closed.
“The man of whom you speak has been born-again,” said Holmes, reaching for a scone.
“What do you mean?” cried Watson, sitting up straight in his chair and relinquishing his just secured scone to the table top. “How can a man be born-again?”
“A man who has faith in God and takes Jesus as his Savior is born-again and has eternal life,” replied Holmes, releasing a series of smoke rings from his pipe. The scripture you quoted is the secret of how we become godly.”
“What…how?”…asked a stunned Watson. His scone completely forgotten as he stood, back to the fire and face unconsciously raised heavenward.
“It’s elementary my dear Watson. Christ was born on Christmas as the baby Jesus and lived a righteous life though he was tempted by Satan and when he was crucified, dying for the sins of man, he returned after three days and was then taken up into heaven to sit at the right hand of God. By following Christ, through His word in the Bible, lives are changed and the evil become godly.”
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