Water and milk were the usual forms of liquid nourishment, but wine was also greatly valued for occasions of festivity (John 2: 3) and religious rites (Mark 14: 25). Excessive drinking of wine was shameful (Eph. 5: 18). For the kingdom of God does not consist in eating and drinking but in righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14: 17)—though it is also possible for the symbol of a banquet to be used of the Kingdom (Matt. 25: 10; Luke 22: 30); and sharing a meal in fellowship and hospitality was for early Christians a meeting too with their risen Lord. The Greek word agape (love) came to be applied to such meals, for which they could claim the example of Jesus himself (Matt. 11: 19).