The late chef and food celebrity Anthony Bourdain issued intriguing and sometimes abrasive comments as he wryly observed the food cultures and habits of our world. His acerbic wit galvanized this current generation of foodies, myself included, frequently laughing in agreement.
One of his witticisms resonated with me. To paraphrase Bourdain, he quipped that when the last book on food is written, the best meal will probably be found in a bowl. It is the kind of statement that is food (pun intended) for further thought and debate. I agree with the premise and believe its wisdom derives from the fact that most comfort food is served in a bowl. From rice and noodles to soups and stews-even if served in a three-starred Michelin restaurant with exponentially higher levels of preparation than a street vendor, these dishes all share a common theme-comfort and home, safety, security and rest.
The food is important but it is the company we keep, the relationships that intermingle with the flavors that evoke such powerful memories of comfort. Jesus Christ elevated this ideal when He shared His last meal with His disciples. In a few hours, He would be arrested and tortured, abandoned by His disciples and friends. How did He prepare His disciples for these traumatic events?
Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer…
Luke 22:15 (NKJV)
Why did Jesus have such a fervent desire to eat His last meal with His disciples? He wanted to comfort them. He wanted them to always remember that His Body would soon be broken on the Cross but they were to take courage, He would conquer death through the Resurrection. In the years that followed, all of them would face persecution for their faith in Jesus Christ. Yet, instead of despair, they rejoiced to be considered worthy to suffer for His Name. They clung to the memory of their last meal with Him, assured of even greater glories in Heaven.
Will the best meal be found in a bowl? Perhaps. But I am convinced that if you confess and repent of your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will gain salvation and eternal life and someday, will share the best meal you have ever experienced in His presence.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.