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Food: What did Jesus say about Food

Jesus spoke about food both literally and metaphorically in the Gospels, offering teachings that range from practical advice on hospitality to deep theological insights. Here are some relevant Bible verses along with three main takeaways:

  1. Matthew 4:4 – But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
  2. Matthew 15:11 – “It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”
  3. John 6:35 – Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”

Three Main Takeaways:

  1. Spiritual Nourishment is Essential:
  • Jesus emphasizes that while physical food is necessary for life, spiritual nourishment is even more critical for our eternal well-being. The Word of God is depicted as the ultimate source of life and sustenance, illustrating the importance of a deep, personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
  1. Purity of Heart Over Ritual Purity:
  • In his teachings, Jesus frequently challenged the Pharisaic focus on ritual purity and dietary laws, pointing out that true defilement comes from within. His message underscores the importance of inner purity and righteousness over mere outward compliance with religious rituals.
  1. Jesus as the Source of Eternal Life:
  • Declaring Himself the “bread of life,” Jesus offers Himself as the spiritual food that satisfies the deepest hunger of the human soul. This metaphor speaks of the sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice and His role as the sustainer of our spiritual lives, inviting us to partake in the eternal life He offers through faith.

These teachings about food reveal Jesus’ focus on the spiritual over the physical and highlight the central theme of His ministry: offering Himself as the means to eternal life and true fulfillment.


  • Greg Gaines

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