Often when devoted people read the Bible they focus on the big picture, they see the forest. But sometimes the trees, the little things, the details contain practical ideas not only for our spiritual development but for our physical needs too. Thus I noticed a small thing in Matthew 21:18-22, where Jesus spoke to a fruitless fig tree, causing it to instantly dry up from the roots. That’s the big picture, the lesson on having faith when we pray or speak (verses 21-22).
But that headline was not what grabbed my attention this morning. It was the side note, the footnote of the passage, something sort of between the lines.
In verses 18 & 19 of that passage in Matthew 21, we read, “Now in the morning, as He (Jesus) returned to the city, He was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves…”
What time of day was it? “In the morning”. What was Jesus’ condition or need? “He was hungry”. And where did He check for food? On “a fig tree”. What do we call food that is eaten in the morning? Breakfast.
So then Jesus wanted to eat fruit for breakfast! I guess that must be a perfectly healthy thing to do: If Jesus, the person who lived in perfect physical health on earth thought fruit for breakfast was a good thing, then it must be healthy to have a fruit breakfast.
Now, that does not mean Jesus always ate fruit for breakfast, but we can say for sure that He thought it healthy to do so.
Let me add that the tree Jesus wanted to eat fruit from was grown organically – grown on naturally nourished soil, grown without pesticides and other man-made chemicals that foul up our soils and poison the fruit trees of our day.
Again, the health lesson here is, If fruit for breakfast was good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for me and you. So when I’m short on time in the morning, or for variety sake, I can breakfast on some apples, bananas, or some other fruits in the morning. Thank You, Jesus, for being my nutritionist too. You are the total Savior, not only for my soul but for my body as well.