What do breakfast, lunch, and dinner have to do with the Gospel?
Eating and drinking are one of the most basic human activities. God created us in such a way that we are dependent on his creation when it comes to sustaining our lives. In his sovereignty and providence, God graciously gives us our “daily bread.” But what do breakfast, lunch, and dinner have to do with the Gospel?
After feeding the 5000, Jesus rebukes the crowd for following him only because their stomachs had been filled. He tells them this:
“For my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.”
Jesus associates himself with the food and drink they had been given. He claims to be the true food and the true drink. In creation, God appointed food and drink to sustain our physical life (Genesis 1:29-30). Since then, God incorporated food into the worship of his people again and again:
- The covenant with Adam involved food, both as a sign of blessing and a display of obedience (Genesis 2:16-17).
- The covenant with Noah involved food, when God’s people came into the new world (Genesis 9:1-3).
- The covenant with Abram involved food, when Jesus visited him in pre-Bethlehem form and confirmed the covenant (Genesis 18:1-10).
- The covenant with Moses involved food at various stages (Exodus 12; 24:10-11; Leviticus 1-9).
- The covenant with Jesus involved food at his first coming (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
- The covenant with Jesus will involve food at his second coming (Revelation 19).
Throughout the history of salvation, God used food and drink to communicate that he provides spiritual life and fulfillment. Jesus stands at the center of this history as the true drink and the true food, who truly satisfies and who truly nourishes. When we pray before a meal and when we enjoy the meal, we can remember that the same God who gives us our daily bread, gave us Jesus. This Jesus did what no food or drink ultimately could: save our life from death.