So why does food play such a central role in the Bible?
Because we can’t live without it.
Why does Jesus describe himself in terms of food from heaven?
Because we can’t really live without him.
It’s no accident that God embeds so much meaning and significance in an everyday object that we can’t live without. Everything the Bible says about food finds its culmination in Jesus.
Jesus is God’s ultimate gift to us, God’s ultimate act of provision.
Jesus is the best of fare served at the finest of feasts.
He’s is the wine of life that gives joy to the heart.
He’s living water that quenches our thirst.
He’s the bread of life that ultimately satisfies.
He’s the Lamb of God who takes away away the sin of the world.
He invites us to eat his flesh and drink his blood.
He commands us to consume him so that we can be consumed by his Spirit.
Jesus is soul food.
As we enter a season of feasting, let us savor every bite and enjoy every sip. For every bite and every sip, points us to Jesus, God’s food, sent from Heaven.
Let us remember that a good bite of food is a reminder of God’s goodness.
Let us remember that a good meal is but a foretaste of the feast awaiting us at the end of all things in the kingdom of God. We’ll sit down with Jesus and eat the best food God can make for as long as we want and not have to worry about gaining an ounce of weight.
As we give thanks for all of our blessings this week, let us not forget that our greatest blessing is that we have been invited to wedding supper of the lamb and our greatest privilege is to feast on Jesus–the Bread of life.