Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. John 4:31-34
Sometimes people can take verses like today’s and make a bad conclusion. Did Jesus need to eat, of course he did. He was human in every way. His body needed nourishment just like yours and mine do. It wasn’t that Jesus did not need to eat; He was just so involved in His task that hunger just did not come to play. He had just spread the Good News to the Samaritan woman and she had gone off to tell the town that one she suspected to be the Messiah was here at their well. So, for Jesus eating was the last thing on His mind.
Now this is not all that unusual. I know myself that I can get so caught up in what I am doing that I will forget to stop and eat lunch. This is especially true when I get going on a project in the yard. I get in a rhythm working and just keep on going. Now if I can let some yard work cause me to not need to stop and eat lunch, just think how much more what Jesus was doing would keep Him from stopping to eat lunch. He was busy doing the work the Father had sent Him to earth to do, eating was just not that important. I am sure that when His body really needed nourishment that Jesus stopped to eat.
Jesus as God did not need to eat. Jesus as man did need to eat; He just did not need to eat when the disciples thought He should eat. He had a lot to do and He knew that there was not that much time to do it. I don’t know about you, but I could really stand to skip a few meals to do God’s work.
Have a blessed day,