But Jesus Ate Meat!
Based on all of the available evidence we have, on a daily basis, Jesus appears to be somewhere between a pescetarian (someone who eats no animals besides fish) and a vegetarian.
At the same time, people around the Sea of Galilee who ate fish to survive is not exactly the best analogy to the people of our generation.
Most people who eat fish today are eating factory (aqua) farmed fish that are loaded with antibiotics and forced to swim in many times disease and excrement filled, closed off pens.
This is a far cry from 2000 years ago when no factory farms existed and when people had a harder time living without eating meat.
Some people like to claim that Jesus ate lamb since he was a Jew but the evidence shows the exact opposite of this.
In reality, right when we would expect Jesus to use lamb at the last supper, he replaces the lamb with his own body and blood.
Honestly think about this...
It would have been absolutely perfect for Jesus to tell us to eat the lamb in remembrance of him. "I am the lamb. Eat this in remembrance of me." would have been so perfect!
Yet, Jesus uses bread instead.
Jesus freed the animals from the temple and he laid down his life so that no innocent animal ever had to be sacrificed ever again.
Those people who think Jesus was breaking the law because he did not eat lamb at Passover would do well to heed Jesus' advice and "go and learn what that text means, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice'" (Matthew 9:13) for "if you knew what that text meant 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice', you would not have condemned the innocent" (Matthew 12:7).
Although Jesus broke the letter (but not the spirit) of the law by allowing the disciples to gather grain on the Sabbath, Jesus is "the Lord of the Sabbath" and he can make the Sabbath whatever he very well pleases.
Similarly, although Jesus broke the letter (but not the spirit) of the law by not eating the Passover lamb, Jesus is "the Lord of the Passover" and he can make the Passover whatever he very well pleases.
If Jesus were here today he might reply: "the Passover was made for man, not man for the Passover. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Passover".
Even if we assume that this is incorrect and Jesus ate all kinds of meat, Jesus would never have eaten factory farmed meat.
Not just because factory farms had not been invented yet... But because this would have been a sin for him to do.