And he said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak with you.” And as he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.
“But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Be not rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.” And when I looked, behold, a hand was stretched out to me, and behold, a scroll of a book was in it. And he spread it before me. And it had writing on the front and on the back, and there were written on it words of lamentation and mourning and woe.
And he said to me, “Son of man, eat whatever you find here. Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and he gave me this scroll to eat. And he said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly with this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it.” Then I ate it, and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey. Ezekiel 2:1-2, 8-3:3 ESV
The Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. I Corinthians 11:23b-26 ESV
Have you ever heard anyone say, “You are what you eat?” That’s actually very true. Much of the food we eat becomes a part of our body. Things like fruits and vegetables and milk and cheese have a lot of carbohydrates, which give your body energy to move and think and work and play. Meat, seafood, eggs, and dairy products have a lot of protein, and protein makes up your brain, your muscles, and many other parts of your body. Whole milk, nuts, and avocados are food that have a lot of fat, and our bodies need fat to cushion our organs, to store energy, and to absorb vitamins.
There are many good foods to eat to keep your body healthy, but one thing that would be very unusual to eat would be a scroll! Scrolls were used to hold words in early Bible times, before books were invented. Writing was done on animal skins or on papyrus, on long sheets that were rolled around two sticks. God told Ezekiel to eat the scroll that he gave him, and Ezekiel did that. This scroll had the words of God on it, and when Ezekiel tasted it, it was as sweet as honey. God wanted his words to become part of Ezekiel so that he would know them and remember them and be able to use them.
God also gives us his word, the Bible, and while we don’t eat our Bible, we do read it and learn it and memorize parts of it and make it part of who we are. God sends his Holy Spirit to us to help us understand and to give us faith in Jesus, who died on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven. While we don’t eat our Bibles, Jesus gives us his Word in a very special way. In communion, he gives us his body and blood with the bread and the wine, and with that he gives us the forgiveness of our sins. In communion, Jesus gives us himself and becomes a part of who we are, and we are given new life in him.
Dear Jesus, thank you for giving us your Word in the Bible and for giving us yourself in Holy Communion. Amen.