Is it an item, like chips; a meal, like sweet and sour chicken; a dessert, like black forest gateau; a taste, like garlic? Or is it a novel, or a walk? These things also feed us, sometimes in preference to dining.
And what about a fast? Does abstaining from food feed you, absurd and ironic as that may seem? Jesus seemed to feast on fasting.
The thought of enjoying a packet of chips rarely lives up to the expectation. The reason we have a favourite food may not be because of the experience of eating, but the memories we associate with those ingredients, those preparations, that combination of items. Like the last supper, it may be a remembrance of a significant meal.
But what about this statement of Jesus? We were looking for a second passage as we planned the next All Age Worship service this evening, (We can’t promise a sermon like Jasmine’s next time, but we have something for everyone!) and there it was “I have food to eat that you don’t know anything about.”
It must have piqued the disciples curiosity, an answer like that, but they might have been disappointed by Jesus’ clarification, that doing his Father’s will was food indeed.
But in time, they understood. And agreed.
And that word of prophecy from Isaiah about coming to get, free of charge, food that never runs out, choice food, eventually came to be an explanation of how the life they were living was working.
And so fasting makes perfect sense.