Day 1: Intro to Diners, Drive-In’s and Devo’s

Read luke 22:15

Most people would probably say the Bible and food are about as related as caviar and the McDonald’s value menu. I see it differently; if you want proof, just look at Jesus’ ministry.

Consider that:

  • The last thing Jesus did with His apostles before His arrest was share a meal.
  • Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine.
  • It was during a beachside breakfast (that Jesus cooked, none the less), that Jesus reinstated Peter and forgave his betrayal.
  • Communion, one of the most important acts of our faith, involves eating and drinking.

The truth is, food and drink are abundant throughout the gospels. Jesus consistently included them in His teaching and parables, and some of his most poignant lessons were taught around the table.

Just look at Luke 22. Jesus was less than a day from His death, yet He gathered His apostles around the table. Why? “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.” In the final calm moments of His life, Jesus wanted to enjoy one final meal with His friends. And He’d been looking forward to it for some time.

This isn’t to say Jesus was a foodie, but His words and actions convey food’s role as a great connector of people. Eating is a shared experience that all humans must partake in, thus it provides a great teaching point to draw analogies from. Plus, the table is a natural gathering place where we’re encouraged to slow down, relax, and enjoy one another’s company. What better place for Jesus to drop some truths on the disciples?

Over the next 60 days, we’re going to travel through the Gospels and examine instances in which Jesus used food or drink as a teaching mechanism.  We’ll unpack why and how He used earthly sustenance to teach the people around Him and what tasty nuggets we can pull from His example.

Just don’t start this study on an empty stomach.