Sunday, February 3, 2013

Food For Thought

There's so many good things to eat. It's hard to pick just one favorite food.

Here are a few of my personal favorites:

Homemade bread--especially banana bread (the one pictured above, earned my Bright Girl a badge in her girl's club),

{and bread makes me think of}

Fondue (Colorado Fondue makes a great date night restaurant),

Soup made from scratch (any kind, unless it's super spicy),

Grilled barbecue beef brisket dinner combined with baked beans and potato salad,

Crock pot roast beef with potatoes and carrots,

and the all important food topping:

Whipped cream--fresh or from the grocery store.  (Either way it is my preferred topping for cheesecake, strawberry shortcake, hot chocolate, brownies, ice cream, crepes, or by all means, all by itself)...

Okay, I'm getting hungry.

Whether fresh, frozen, or fast, food is plenteous in America. 

But we still say, "I'm starving!" when mealtime rolls around. 

It is a common expression for both kids and adults alike, but do any of us truly know what it means to go hungry?

Being a child sponsor through World Vision, I have read stories of children who live in real poverty--the kind where there is literally not enough food to go around.

Thankfully, through child sponsorship, my family is able to help some of these children have enough to eat.

We pray that it will multiply many times over into the lives of these children, others in their community, and abroad.

Jesus did the same. 

He fed the multitudes.

But, He also offered more, to the spiritually-starved soul.

To the same group of over 5,000 people who Jesus miraculously fed with just five loaves of bread and two small fish, He said,

“Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.  Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.  For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink." (John 6:53-55)

The people liked it when Jesus fed them, but eating His flesh and drinking His blood?

Many were confused.

Some were angry.

Sadly, of those 5,000 that Jesus fed, few continued to follow Him.

For the most part, we, as Americans,

have enough food to eat,

live in good health,

and have everything we need to live pretty comfortably.

But what we don't get (unless it is revealed to us from above)

is that we are suffering from

{starvation of the soul}.

Francis Collins, one of the leading scientists of the Human Genome Project stated:

"We may understand a lot about biology, we may understand a lot about about how to prevent illness, and we may understand the life span. But I don't think we'll ever figure out how to stop humans from doing bad things to each other. That will always be our greatest and most distressing experience here on this planet, and that will make us long the most for something more."

Jesus said, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matthew 5:6)."

Still, Jesus says to us all, "I am the Bread of Life."

At the Last Supper, the night before Jesus was crucified, He broke bread with His disciples and said,

“'Take, eat; this is My body.' Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, 'Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.'" (Matt. 26:26-28 

Even now, through faith in the eternal Word of God, Jesus gives us the Bread of Life, which is His body, broken, which was the punishment for our sins.

With His nail scarred hands, He passes us the cup of His suffering, when He shed His blood on the cross for the remission of  our sins.

The word 'remission' sounds like being healed from cancer.

But, really it's having our sin debt cleared and the cancer of the guilt of our sin no longer having dominion over us. 

We are given a new lease on life, and a new mission:

To no longer live to feed our own bellies, but to live for our King and for His Righteousness (Matthew 6:33).

To "Go and make disciples of all nations...(Matthew 28:18-20)" 


To be willing to be broken and poured out for a world suffering from starvation of soul.

To be like Christ.

"Do This in Remembrance of Me. (Luke 22:19)"