This post is part of “The Undistracted Christian Guide To Dieting To Serve God”, A Blog Series.
When you think of the things that Jesus did, the things that come up most probably have a lot more to do with His miracles (especially that one where He rose from the dead) and His teachings (especially that one about believing in Him for salvation).
Every once in awhile, you might just sit back in awe and realize that God truly became a man.
Jesus walked the earth, slept at night and strangely enough the Son of God ate food.
Not only did He eat food, but He ate it faithfully to the Father, just like everything else.
I think we can learn a lot from Jesus’ diet for our own, both practically and spiritually.
What Did Jesus Not Eat?
Let’s start off with what Jesus did not do, which is let food rule His life. The best proof of this was when He fasted for forty days before being tempted by the Devil. When I go without a meal, I think I’m going to die (we’ll talk more about fasting next week). Jesus went forty days without eating a thing and Satan thought He could trick Jesus into not trusting the Father with His provision of food.
Jesus responded by saying “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4 NKJV)
Jesus trusted only in God, not anyone or anything else for His provision of food. The Father rewarded Him by sending angels to minister to Him after the devil went away.
If we can’t trust God with what we are going to eat, then nothing else I write about the topic will matter at all. It all starts with faith in God, so trust Him with what you are going to eat.
One more thing to note here, Jesus was a Jew and He would have lived by the dietary restrictions in the book of Leviticus. He would later free the rest of us from having to live by the Law, but in living by faith in God He ate as the rest of the Jews did at the time.
What Did Jesus Eat And What Does That Mean For You?
The Bible was not exactly written so that we would know these particulars, but we do know a little bit about what Jesus ate.
When He rose from the dead, He ate fish (read John 21). That’s a big shock, considering several of His disciples were fishermen.
We also know that He had a Passover meal (The Last Supper) with His disciples, so everything that is involved with the Seder, including the wine and the bread (communion, anyone?) and the lamb.
He also performed miracles with wine, fish and bread, so we can double up on Him approving of those things. Oh, and there was that one time that He wanted a fig…RIP fig tree, right?
From what we can tell, Jesus ate a pretty simple, natural, healthy diet, which would be good for a guy who spent three years walking from town to town to preach the Gospel.
So what can we take away from what Jesus ate besides His lack of Taco Bell and Mountain Dew (to be fair, they didn’t have those things back then) consumption?
Jesus did not serve food, food served Him as He faithfully served the Father! Tweet This!
Have you ever considered modeling what you eat after how Jesus ate?
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