Diet and Nutrition
There is a heightened awareness today regarding our health, reading labels, avoiding processed foods, and finding new ways to eat healthy meals. This indeed has merit for we have all heard “you are what you eat”. This concept has a deeper meaning, and one that involves Life.
During the time Jesus walked this earth he used an example, one that filled a physical need, but carried a deeper meaning. This was of course the feeding of the multitudes from a few fish, and a little bread. From this event He gained a following, the problem was they sought Him for the wrong reasons, they were after the free meal. Our Lord had a different intent.
After this event there was discussion among the religious minded, they were seeking confirmation, but only when it matched their religious perspective. The Lord was very clear that He was far more interested in expressing Truth than filling their bellies, or assuaging their fragile psyche.
What the Lord was expressing is our need to consume a understanding that is beyond our human reasoning, to eat and drink a meal that has eternal value. A meal that we find only in Him. Here we find the spiritual nutrition to understand Life, and it’s mystical meaning.
“I am the bread of life. “Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. “This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” John 6: 48~51
The physical creation is but a shadow of Truth, and in this discourse the Lord was speaking of a realm of Life that we can enter, abide in, that we find true nutrition.
Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. “For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. “As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. “This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”
John 6: 52~58
In our submission to His Lordship we find that He is true to His Word. In His Faith we can see this meal, it’s as if each day He sets a table before us, one that is perfectly prepared for us. One that is prepared in the greatest Love, for this is His Nature.
A meal is of no value unless we consume it, and it must be eaten one bite at a time. A good meal is one we enjoy, savoring the flavors, the complexity of the ingredients. And that not only satisfies our hunger, but fuels our bodies.
David understood this, he was a man after our Fathers heart, and his word, is for us to understand.
” O taste and see that the LORD is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” Psalm 34:8