Spiritual food was important to Jesus. He believed that God sustained his life.
We humans, as explained in the bible, are a three fold being possessing a mind (soul), body and spirit. A Tripartite being needs look after the health of all three elements to be at their peak state of existence. While the mind and body are commonly known to be interconnected, everything we do, eat and drink affects the mind along with our attitudes. The spiritual food we digest affects our whole being.
Throughout history people have felt the need to connect to a higher level of existence through spirituality in one way or another. This desire is the common denominator between a lot of religions, cults and creeds that have sprung up all over the world in an attempt to explain and justify their existence. In India alone there are over 1000 religions.
What was different about Jesus?
- Jesus took demons seriously. He cast out demons with authority and they obeyed him.
- He raised several people from the dead.
Jesus pretty much taught that His spiritual needs were superior to his need to eat food .
Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” (John 4:31-34)
Jesus wasn’t treated with dignity when he was tried, tortured and hung on a cross to die. Instead he was treated as a blasphemer (telling lies against their knowledge of God) with contempt.
The word ‘dignity’has such a profound meaning.
The Online Oxford Dictionary defines Dignity as ‘The state or quality of being worthy of honour or respect.’
Lets take a look at a thesaurus.
Synonyms – Decency, Decorum, Grace,Honour, Greatness, Morality, Self-respect, Stature, Virtue, Value, Significance,Worth & Worthiness, Prestige, Glory, Distinction, Perfection, Importance, Decency & Splendor.
Antonyms – Dishonour, Immorality, Insignificance, Bad manners, Lowliness, Evil, Indecency, Unimportance, Worthlessness, Unethical, Indifference and Powerless
God is love and the dignity we have as humans (see synonyms) comes from God.
Join a bible study at a local church to dig into God’s hidden treasures and learn to digest real spiritual food.