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Jesus said there will be no marriage in heaven, but after He rose He ate food. Does Jesus eat food in heaven? Is there any reason for us to suppose He does not?

This is the kind of question kids ask me in Sunday School.

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I'd ask whether they think of heaven as a physical or a metaphysical reality, and get them to hone their ideas around food (spiritual or material) accordingly. The philosophical exercise could also be applied to Jesus pre- and post-resurrection. –  Leon Conrad Mar 8 '14 at 17:24

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I must admit, I chuckled at This is the kind of question kids ask me in Sunday School.. Anyway...

First off, Revelations 19 has a wedding feast.

Revelation 19:9 (NIV)
Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

(Emphasis mine.)

You can't really have a feast without food or drink. There is also the promise of Jesus that He will not drink wine again until this very same feast.

Matthew 26:29 (NLT)

29 Mark my words—I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.”

Mark 14:25 (NLT)

25 I tell you the truth, I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new in the Kingdom of God.”

Luke 22:18 (NLT)

18 For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.”

This statement takes place immediately after Jesus offers wine and bread at the first Communion. Now, if there weren't any grapes in Heaven, could there be wine? Now, obviously, God could very easily simply produce wine on the spot, and a miracle should never be excluded from the set of possibilities.

Now to actually answer your real question: we can't really know. I know of no verse that talks about whether or not there is any food or drink being consumed in Heaven right now. That said, what is there to keep Jesus and other people already up there from enjoying the gift of eating that God gave them? I mean...I could totally imagine Jesus munching on some fish with Peter, James, and John right now...

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I wonder if he's talking about heaven or if he's talking about the kingdom after his return. –  user1054 Jul 6 '12 at 20:19
@DanAndrews: The bit in Revelations takes place in Heaven. –  El'endia Starman Jul 6 '12 at 20:32
Sorry, I was talking about Matthew, Mark, and Luke –  user1054 Jul 6 '12 at 20:37
What kind of a wedding feast would it be without wine? Remember Jesus' first miracle; it was at a wedding feast. So, the two sets of passages are talking about the same thing, which puts the Synoptic Gospel passages in Heaven as well. –  El'endia Starman Jul 6 '12 at 20:47
RE: "You can't have a feast without food"... Revelation 19:17-18 tells us what the food is; "Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.” That's the trouble with reading the visions of Revelation literally... they are all symbolic! –  Jas 3.1 Jul 6 '12 at 23:39

I'm going to argue "yes, most likely", but from an unorthodox perspective.

The Biblical picture of "Heaven" is a lot different than our modern idea of it. When everything prophesied in Scripture is said and done, we are not going to float on clouds playing harps, or dissipate into spiritual la-la land... we are going to live on a new earth. (examples) The picture is one of redemption.

Since there was food in the garden prior to sin, and it was all "very good", I suspect there will be food in "Heaven" (i.e. on the new earth) once the original design is redeemed.

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