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   I love working with food. I marvel at the variety, the textures, the flavors, the colors, and the endless ways to prepare it. I enjoy serving a beautiful, tasty, nutritious, satisfying meal. I had opportunity to explore that interest by cooking for a high school camp and serving a dinner party for friends even before I enrolled as a home economics major in college.

   As a Washington State University  freshman I found myself actually volunteering (I wanted to please a new roommate) to lead an investigative study about Jesus.

   Believing in the idea of God was not a problem for me. As for Jesus I had already observed that he was the greatest man who ever lived. What more was there to it?

  Little did I expect to discover that he knew a lot more about home economics (and me) than I did. He once created a complete meal for over 5,000 people out of 2 fish and 5 loaves of barley bread by just saying a few words! Another time he saved a wedding host from a lot of embarrassment when the celebration ran out of drinks. He even gained a reputation as a "must invite" guest at dinner parties.

   Then I read a description of him by John, one of the men who observed him closely for three years:

   In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1,14 (NIV)

   I realized that my concept of a "religious good man" Jesus was far too narrow. He was acting and behaving like the Creator God. He could claim to be the originator of all the aesthetic pleasures in the food I enjoyed preparing so much. Could it be that I owed him a lot more respect?

   Nowadays the "fooderatti" worshipfully ooh and ahh at the creations of their favorite celebrity TV chefs. Iíve become a Jesus "fooderatti." His is the creative hand hidden behind the pleasures of taste, aromas, and colors. He is the genius who implanted the nutritional components in food so essential to the health and vitality of the human body.

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   Youíve heard that "man does not live by bread alone." One point Jesus made very effectively when he was with people was that he could satisfy every human desire. So much so that he identified himself as "the bread of life." 

   There is a lot more to his story. Why not taste and find out for yourself? Read Johnís account of what he and his friends observed during the time they spent with Jesus. Here is the link:
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