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"Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him"

Apr 26, 2019 03:27 AM EDT

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Luke 24:30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.
24:31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.
24:32 They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"
24:33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together
24:34 and saying, "It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon."
24:35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread. 

When the Lord broke the bread, the eyes that had not seen Him were opened, and finally they came to recognize Him. When did they recognize the Lord? When were the closed eyes opened? It was when the Lord himself broke the bread and shared it, and when the bread was eaten, the darkened eyes were opened to recognize the Lord. It is the verse 32 that the people who have not recognized before but have come to recognize Him.

24:32 They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"

The way back with a heart that was cold... This way came out in verse 13; the disciples were going back to the village called Emmaus, which is about seven miles from Jerusalem. Their hearts on the way were desperate, sad, and cold. On that way, Jesus opened the Scriptures. When He gave them the Word, their hearts were burning.

Let us pay attention to these two events. The disciples returning to Emmaus did not recognize the Lord of resurrection, but the Lord Himself was with them, and opened Himself through the Scriptures. These words of this verse 32 concerning the words in verse 27, Jesus says:

24:27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

The road to Emmaus, seven miles away, is pretty short. The Lord accompanied them together and gave them a detailed explanation of what was written in all the Bible. Then their minds began to burn again.  

24:28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther.

He wanted to explain more. So when they went in together and had the table fellowship and tore the bread, their eyes were opened and they recognized Him as Christ. So after that they went back to Jerusalem.

24:33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together24:34 and saying, "It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon."

When they returned to Jerusalem, there were already eleven disciples and those who were with them. This gathering was the beginning of a great history of Life. Those who have already experienced the resurrection, have witnessed, and have become true witnesses of the resurrection. "Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered" They were returning to their hometown, where they had been scattered to their original home without knowing the true meaning of the death of Jesus. On the way, those who met the Lord gathered again in Jerusalem, gathered in the place where the Lord was captured and died, and became a witness of the great resurrection, and they joined in the beginning of the great history of Life.

These two things, Jesus Himself explained to the Bible about Himself. What is the meaning of Easter? Jesus opened Himself, explaining about the meaning of His death, the meaning of His sacrifice, the meaning of love, and the meaning of the cross, as detailed in the Bible.

It was known. Through the Bible, He let us know. These two disciples were little disciples we were not familiar with. The Lord has come to them in the way that they had fallen in despair and sadness, and the Lord has opened Himself, and gave them bread, and gave them new strength, to make them the Body of the resurrected Christ, the church.

Hopefully, we can meet the resurrected Lord, just as that happened to these disciples. Let us learn the meaning of the Lord's sacrifice one by one deeply. The meaning this bread torn for us is the suffering of the Lord. When the Jews ate bread, they torn and ate it, and it became life to them when the torn bread was gone. Let us drink the blood of the sacrificial love and eat the bread of life, to be the true witness of the great resurrection and to raise up the body of Christ.

Where does the church begin? It is to confess Jesus as Christ. It is built on the confessional ground, as Peter confessed in Caesarea Philippi. The church, the body of Christ can be rebuilt on the basis of knowing the true meaning of this suffering and meeting the Christ of eternal life. 

24:35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

When we testify of the Lord's sacrifice and the meaning of love, the true Church of the Body of Christ arose and began. Let us be the ones who realize the great love, and reveal the resurrection of the Lord in our daily lives.