As we prepare for Thanksgiving day tomorrow, I find myself reflecting on the numerous times throughout the Bible, when food and fellowship are woven into the story’s centerpiece. It makes me look at Thanksgiving as more than just an opportunity to enjoy delicious food and time with family. It’s an opportunity to honor God, and an opportunity to worship with one another.
Throughout the Bible, Jesus used occasions involving food to share His ministry, so why shouldn’t we? Why, even Jesus’ first miracle occurred at an event involving food. Surrounded by His friends and family (and prompted by His Mother) Jesus turned water into wine. “What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.“ John 2:11
Still later in the Bible, Jesus uses food to share His Father’s goodness to the masses by feeding their Faith and their bellies: Matthew 14:19 , The feeding of the 5000: “And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.”
At the Supper at Emmaus, Jesus used a mealtime gathering to reveal Himself to His disciples. Luke 24:30-35, “When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight. They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?” And they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found gathered together the eleven and those who were with them, saying, “The Lord has really risen and has appeared to Simon.” They began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.”
Of course, the most famous is The Last Supper. Mark 14: 22-24 “While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is My body.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. “Truly I say to you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
So tomorrow, when you “break bread” with your family and friends, I hope you remember these verses, and feel His presence, knowing, “For Where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18-20