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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

They recognized Jesus only in the breaking of the bread

This is definitely one of my favorite Gospels. Luke tells us that on the first day of the week, two disciples were leaving Jerusalem to go to a village called Emmaus about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were discouraged and conversing about all the things that had happened. While they were walking, Jesus drew near and walked with them. They did not recognize him. He asks them what they were talking about and they ask him if he did not know of the things that had taken place. Jesus again poses a question for them: "What sort of things?" So they tell him how Jesus had been crucified and now it was the third day and the women had gone to the tomb and returned saying that they had seen a vision of angels who told them that Jesus was alive. Then Jesus tells them how foolish they are and slow to believe all that the prophets spoke. Then, beginning with Moses, Jesus interpreted to them what referred to in in all the Scriptures.
As they approached the village, they urged him to stay with them for the day is almost over. "So he went in to stay with them table he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him."

But Jesus vanishes and they are so full of energy that they set out and return to Jerusalem to announce to the disciples what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Do I recognize Jesus when He comes to walk with me? And am I inviting Him to stay with me? 

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