Did Jesus ever eat meat, or was Jesus a vegan or vegetarian? Should Christians eat meat, or be vegetarians?
What Did Jesus Eat? Was He A Vegetarian? Did Jesus Eat Meat?
The Bible records Jesus eating and drinking several things throughout His life. The Bible clearly shows that Jesus was not a Vegetarian. He was also not a “Vegan.” Jesus did eat meat, and in fact seems to have enjoyed fish often.
And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence. (Luke 41-43)
This verse clearly shows us that Jesus ate a piece of fish. He also ate honey as well, as another verse indicates. On top of that, we know that Jesus ate lots of bread (he broke bread with the disciples). Jesus would have also enjoyed the fruits of the land, such as figs, etc. In fact, Jesus tried to pick a fig on a fruitless tree, but no figs were there. He would have also naturally ate vegetables (as the disciples were picking corn).
Even though the Bible does not mention other meats Jesus may have eaten, it is likely He ate other meat besides fish, as many Jews of the time would have eaten. This could have included meats such as chicken, lamb, red meat, etc.
Did Jesus Really Drink Wine? Was It Fermented Alcohol? Was Jesus A Drunk?
Jesus would have drunk water, fruit juice, and possibly even wine. Jesus is recorded as drinking wine in the New Testament of the Bible. In fact, at one this is addressed in the Bible with the following verse:
“For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and
you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking,
and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax
collectors and “sinners.”‘” (Luke 7:33-34)
Does this mean Jesus drank real fermented (alcoholic) wine? Not at all. Wine can mean either fermented or unfermented grape juice. You have to keep in mind, at this point in history there wasn’t a lot of clean drinking water. Any real alcohol would have been diluted, and the Bible warns against being a drunkard.
There was always a risk of getting “bad” water with diseases in it. So these people would have been much safer drinking the juice of fruits (such as grapes), or even allowing it to ferment so it would kill any bacteria.
So was Jesus drinking alcoholic grape juice or regular grape juice? It is most likely that Jesus drank “new wine” grape juice. If it had any alcohol content at all, it would have never risked Him getting drunk, as drunkenness is a sin in the Bible, and Jesus was without sin (Hebrews 4:15).
The Bible strongly warns against drinking excessive alcohol, or being a drunkard in several verses.
Conclusion: Jesus Ate A Regular Diet Containing Meat, Fruit, and Veggies
Based on the scriptures in the Bible, it is quite clear that Jesus would have followed a regular diet of fruits, veggies, grains, and meat. He also could have drank fruit juice.