Rather than being concerned about “not eating meat” on Friday’s in Lent (although limiting our meat intake is important), I am more intrigued about what Jesus would have been eating on a regular basis.

In Nazareth there were grains (wheat, barley, sorghum), legumes (lentils, broad beans, chickpeas), vegetables (cucumbers, onions, garlic, leeks), fruits (olives, figs, grapes, melon, pomegranates, dates), nuts (walnuts, pistachios, almonds) milk and milk by products (butter, leben,(curdled milk), yogurt, cheese), meat (eggs, fish, lamb beef – rarely, fowl).

The last recorded meal of Jesus is in Luke 24:42-43 after his resurrection when he eats broiled fish to show his disciples that he is not a ghost. The last meal Jesus serves is a breakfast of fish and bread (John 21).

Throughout Scripture we see Jesus partaking in meals, not denying himself nor his followers. At the same time there is never over indulgence. Maybe that’s where our focus needs to be as a culture. Our eating habits are more about over eating than eating certain foods.

Since following Jesus is about our daily living, this necessarily includes how we eat. Are there conscious choices you can make to eat with less over indulgence, and more intentional about nutrition with a full flavored diet?

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