I look to
God every time I break bread.
seem a bit unusual that Jesus spent so much time eating and drinking with
his disciples? What does stopping to have a meal have to do with anything?
It’s something we do all the time—which is exactly why Jesus
seized upon it.
Repeatedly throughout his earthly ministry, Jesus talked about the wonderful
feast in the Kingdom of Heaven, when the Lord would celebrate with believers
from all ages in glory. It’s a banquet no one wants to miss!
Jesus also used meals as opportunities to pray to God the Father (Luke
9:16) and to tell his disciples, “sinners,” Pharisees, and
the crowds gathered around that place something about the Kingdom of Heaven
(Luke 14:7-24, 19:1-10).
Right before his death, Jesus transformed the bread and wine of the Passover
feast into powerful symbols of what the Christian faith is all about (Luke
After his resurrection, Jesus kept right on eating with his disciples.
His first meal was with an otherwise unknown disciple named Cleopas, who
rushed back to Jerusalem to tell the apostles that he had seen the resurrected
Lord Jesus. Imagine his surprise when the Lord suddenly appeared among
them and asked for something else to eat!
Cleopas never looked at another meal the same. Every piece of fresh-baked
bread, every piece of broiled fish, every cup of wine became an instant
reminder to seize the opportunity to look to the resurrected Lord Jesus
with thanksgiving, to fellowship with other believers, and to share our
faith with others who haven’t trusted God yet.
The apostle Paul makes it clear the same experience can be ours today
(1 Corinthians 10:16-31, 11:17-34).
FURTHER STUDY: Read in the scriptures in the gospel of Luke, chapter twenty-four.
Detail from painting by Raphael, c. 1518
excerpt is from the Living Faith™ Bible (Tyndale House Publishers)
Copyright © 2003, 2000 David and Renée Sanford
"...throughout his earthly ministry, Jesus talked
about the wonderful feast in the Kingdom of Heaven, when the Lord would
celebrate with believers from all ages in glory...a banquet no one wants