In a poll of several hundred experts, angel food cake was voted the preferred cuisine of heaven. Angel hair pasta came in second. But Angel Food Ice Cream kept showing up as a favorite from kids in Memphis, Tennessee. Is this some new flavour?
Kids talk about God
When I discovered there’s an ice cream brand in Memphis by this name, I called its office. Marketing director Preston Klinke said: “God hasn’t told me directly, but if I had to guess about heaven’s favourite flavor, I’d say it’s homemade vanilla or vanilla bean. The flavour is heavenly.”
Laia, 14, disagrees. “The fruit that was growing on the tree in the middle of the garden” was God’s favourite food. “God didn’t want Adam and Eve to eat it because it was His tree.”
Sounds fishy, Laia.
Fish! That’s it, says Kate, 6. “God’s favourite food is goldfish because the streets are paved with gold.”
Philip, 12, says everyone is wrong. God doesn’t have time to eat because we keep him very busy. “God does not have a favourite food because he doesn’t eat because he is always watching over us.”
It’s true God is always watching over us, but he’s not trapped by his responsibilities. Jesus took time to enjoy meals with his disciples. In Jesus’ time, eating together was a way of saying you had a relationship with someone. People from Bible times might change our modern saying, “you are what you eat” to “you are the people with whom you eat.”
Jesus astonished everyone when he accepted a dinner invitation from a tax collector named Levi. Tax collectors were considered traitors working for foreign oppressors. Many became wealthy by fleecing their own countrymen.
The Pharisees—religious leaders—recoiled in shock when they saw Jesus eating with tax collectors. Later, Jesus described the righteousness of the Pharisees as a cup that’s clean on the outside but dirty on the inside (Luke 11:39).
According to Jesus, the way to get clean on the outside is to be clean on the inside. And for that, it is necessary to eat bread, but not like any bread you’ve ever bought at the bakery.
“God’s favourite food is bread because he saved the Israelites with manna (a kind of bread),” says Emily, 12. “And, he had the Passover with his disciples sharing the bread, which was the symbol of his body. That was the last food he ate before he died on the cross to save us from our sins.”
Several times Jesus compared himself to bread: “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst” (John 6:35). At the Passover meal before his death, Jesus took bread, broke it, gave it to his disciples and said, “This is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19).
So if Jesus’ body is bread and we need bread to live, then if we eat this spiritual bread, we should get a full soul. When we think we need food, we might just be hungry for a bite of God. I guess chocolate isn’t the most important thing in life!
Think about this: During Jesus’ ministry he turned down an offer of food from his disciples by saying: “I have food to eat of which you do not know. My food is to do the will of Him who sent me” (John 4:32, 34).
Memorize this truth: John 6:35 previously quoted.
Ask this question: Have you eaten the bread of life?
— Carey Kinsolving
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