Food is all the rage these days. A simple online search will throw up thousands of websites dedicated to food tasting, preparation, simple meals, complicated meals, fine dining and glorious junk food. Our TV channels are likewise permeated with various programmes to do with food. Of course, it should not be surprising. Food, Air and Water are all essentials to our survival. Additionally, the meals that we eat, can be presented in many forms, varying from the artistic to the basic.
Jesus, often spoke of Heaven as a Banquet and he used a number of parables related to food to teach us basic truths. The woman baking bread, for instance, teaches of the inevitable growth of the Kingdom of God. The sower sows seed that a crop may be harvested and used for food. When the devil tempts Jesus he answers back, “Man shall not live by bread alone.” Then we have his miracles such as the feeding of the 5,000, the loaves and two fish and the last supper of bread and wine, when Jesus says to his disciples that he will not drink again of the fruit of the vine, until he drinks it with them in his Father’s Kingdom. At the lake of Tiberius the risen Christ eats breakfast with his disciples.
Reflecting in the biblical narrative regarding food, helps me to better appreciate Psalm 34, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” In each of the Bible passages mentioning food, food is offered in a way that goes beyond simple nutrition. There is a spiritual hunger that can only be satisfied by God through Jesus Christ who gives us all this everlasting promise, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” John 6.35