Food is a big deal. Have you ever put your hand in the bowl when a dog is eating? Tried to calm a hungry baby with a pacifier or rocking instead of a bottle? Meals with family are the most cherished time and bring waves of excitement days ahead of the event, but for some, they are the most dreaded occasions and bring waves of nausea for weeks on end. We allow food to control us, and we use food to show that we are in control. It brings people together in conversation who would otherwise have nothing to say. It separates entire countries, starving masses of babies with mounds of graves to show for it.
Food was a big deal in the Old Testament. Sin entered the world through one man via food. God provided for his people daily manna. He gave them strict dietary laws. The promised land enticed the people by promises of milk and honey. They had massive feasts, probably like we have never seen. And, food was a big deal in the New Testament. Jesus came and fulfilled the dietary laws. He was tempted in the desert by the devil with food. He sat at the table with sinners. He had the most famous meal in all of history with his disciples, and upon his resurrection, he consumed broiled fish.
The beauty of Christ in food is that two types of preservation can be brought about:
1. How he instructed us to remember Him — with food.
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
2. How he sustains us — as food.
Christ appeals to our daily desires and needs by being all we need. He is the only one who can sustain us and continually fill us and exemplifies that by being our bread and water. Our daily bread. Our spring of living water now and for eternity.
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)
Food is a big deal.
We “preserve” the remembrance of what He has done for us by food, and He preserves our souls by being our food.