Did Jesus like to eat?

Absolutely, without a doubt, Jesus ate.  Importantly, he ate in festive occasions at the homes of non-observing Jews and gentiles, in occasions where there was lots of wine and food.  In Matthew 11:19 there’s an amazing quote — Jesus’ association with the less refined members of society caused him to be accused of being both a drunkard and a glutton.  Both an alcoholic and a frequent eater of mass quantities.

You’ll see here, if you think about it, that sin is never a separately created act, but a perversion of something that’s good.  Gluttony is not a creation in itself, but is a continued long-term state of perverting the extreme pleasure of eating by massively, sickeningly excessive behavior.

Not that Jesus was either of these; after all, he was without sin — not because he could not have sinned, but because he needed to be sinless.  He could not have died for our sin if he were not without sin himself.

So here we are, then.  Jesus apparently enjoyed both food and drink, in very pleasant festive occasions.  Did he like to eat?  We’d say yes to that.  Of all the things God knows all about, the taste of great food was a pleasant experience even for the Creator and Redeemer himself. Not to go way out on a limb with over-extension from what’s written, but it’s safe to say that the enjoyment of great food is something he engaged in.  Making the enjoyment of food a good, desirable, positive thing.

The charge was that he became ruled by the food, brought up by his persistent detractors, just another attempt to frame some admirable quality as a bad thing.

The food Jesus ate, of course, was not only very close its original form and of course mostly locally acquired, but it was also served up in startlingly smaller portions than we’re used to now, generally speaking.  The all you can eat buffet of sloppily prepared ultra cheap food is foreign to that culture.    There’s a really interesting book called What Would Jesus Eat?  One of the strengths of the author’s writing therin is to show over and over that food was good, tasty, relatively unprocessed, and available in limited quantities which required quite a bit of work to produce.  All the opposite of what we find today if we go with the flow of our culture.

But we digress.  YES, Jesus ate, to the point where his detractors tried to pervert his enjoyment of pleasant experiences with the people he came to save.

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