Manifested in the breaking of Bread!!!
Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them. Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”
So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread. ………. Luke 24:28-35
In our previous study, we were considering how Jesus appeared to two Disciples as they journeyed to a village called Emmaus. We see Jesus taking them a very long Bible study as they journeyed and the way their hearts were burning He opens the Scriptures to them. Today, we shall see how Jesus made himself known to these Disciples in the breaking of bread.
Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them : Finally, they got to the Village of Emmaus and Jesus acted as though He was going on. Jesus never invites Himself into a person’s home, heart, Life, or reading habit or any area of our lives. He waits to be invited. He says, ” Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me(Revelation 3:20)”. God never takes away our free will. He will not force His way into a Man’s life. If you don’t want Him, He won’t come in. Thank God these two Disciples constrained Him. They begged Him to stay with them. I perceived Jesus was saying, “No, I need to go”. But they begged Him seriously to stay with them. They so much enjoyed His Company and Bible Exposition that they wanted to converse more with Him. When we seek the Lord with all our heart, we will find Him. Those that have experienced the pleasure and profit of communion with Christ cannot but covet more of His company, and beg of him, not only to walk with them all day, but to abide with them at night. We must never be satisfied of what we have known. There is always more to know of the Lord. Paul towards the end of his life said,” Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.(Philippians 3:12).” Finally, He accepted their invitation and went in with them. Jesus is always willing to abide with us if we seek Him diligently for He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Let us therefore invite Him into our home that we may know more of Him. Let us open our house to those who expound God’s word to us that we may know more of Jesus in the Scriptures.
Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.: When we ask Jesus to come into our lives, we get a blessing and revelation of Himself which we would never have gotten if we had not sought Him earnestly. So many miss that revelation because they don’t seek the Lord earnestly. So many missed it because they didn’t invite Jesus more closely into their home life. As soon as He had given His disciples one glimpse of Him, He disappeared. Such short and transient views have we of Christ in this world, but in a little while lose the sight of him again. But when we get to heaven the vision of Him will have no interruptions.
So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread. : They rose up the same hour, so affected with joy at the discovery Christ had made of himself to them that they could not wait to finish their supper, but returned with all speed to Jerusalem, though it was towards evening. If they had had any thoughts of quitting their relation to Christ, this soon banished all such thought. Now that they had seen Christ they could not rest till they had brought the good news to the disciples, both for the confirmation of their trembling faith and for the comfort of their sorrowful spirits, with the same comforts they were comforted of God. It is the duty of those to whom Christ has manifested Himself to let others know what He has done for their souls.
Notice what these Disciples said, ” He was known to them in the breaking of bread”. When we come together to break bread, it must not be a mere religious ritual. Breaking of bread must be a time when the Lord reveals Himself to us. It should be a time preceded by the Exposition of God’s word that makes our heart burn, it should be a time where Jesus Himself is in our midst, breaks the bread and give it to us. Our eyes must be opened in time of breaking bread so that we get a New revelation of Jesus as our Saviour, as our baptizer in the Holy Spirit, as our Example who came in a flesh that was tempted as we are. After the breaking of bread, we must get up and go and tell others about Jesus just like these two Disciples. This is how every Breaking of bread should be. A time of revelation and becoming witnesses to all around us. Jesus Christ is still the same yesterday, today and forever. He still desire to make himself known to his people. Let us therefore open our heart and be sensitive to His presence when we come before Him to break bread that He has Instituted for the Church.
Dear Friend, let us learn from these two Disciples never to let go of the Lord unless he abide with us in our home. Let us long for more of the presence of those who makes our heart burn each time they open the Scriptures to us. Let us arise and be quick to share with others the revelation about Jesus that has blessed our soul. May the Lord give us Grace to rise up from our Emmaus and return to Jerusalem to be a blessing to other Believers (Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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