What Jesus Did! 'Recognized in the Breaking of the Bread' — Luke 24:28-35

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

They came near the town of Emmaus and Jesus acted like he did not plan to stop there. But they wanted him to stay. They begged him, "Stay with us. It is late; it is almost night." So he went in to stay with them. Jesus got ready to eat with them and took some bread. He gave thanks for the food and divided it. Then he gave it to them. At that time, the men were allowed to recognize Jesus. But when they saw who he was, he disappeared. The two men said to each other, "When Jesus talked to us on the road, it felt like a fire burning in us. It was exciting when he explained to us the true meaning of the Scriptures." So the two men got up then and went back to Jerusalem. In Jerusalem they found the followers of Jesus meeting together. The eleven apostles and those people that were with them said, "The Lord (Jesus) really has risen from death! He showed himself to Simon (Peter)." Then the two men told the things that had happened on the road. They talked about how they recognized Jesus when he divided the bread.
— Luke 24:28-35
Illustration of Luke 24:28-35 — "The Lord (Jesus) really has risen from death! He showed himself to Simon (Peter)."

Key Thought

Every meal is sacred when Christians share it together. When we share the Lord's Supper, we are most certainly to recognize the presence of the Lord with us. This meal, however, is a reminder that even the most common times of table fellowship are sacred and precious moments of Jesus' presence. When we eat together, let's never let a single meal pass without our conscious realization and recognition of the Lord being with us.

Today's Prayer

Holy Father, thank you for making meals sacred moments with your Son. Forgive me for trivializing mealtime with my brothers and sisters in Christ. I confess that I get so busy and rushed that I often miss the opportunity to welcome the Savior into our fellowship. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then the two men told the things that had happened on the road. They talked about how they recognized Jesus when he divided the bread. While the two men were saying these things, Jesus himself stood among the group of followers. Jesus said to them, "Peace be with you." This surprised the followers. They became afraid. They thought they were seeing a ghost. But Jesus said, "Why are you troubled? Why do you doubt what you see? Look at my hands and my feet. It's really me! Touch me. You can see that I have a living body; a ghost does not have a body like this." After Jesus told them this, he showed them {the holes in} his hands and feet. The followers were amazed and very, very happy to see that Jesus was alive. They still could not believe what they saw. Jesus said to them, "Do you have any food here?" They gave him a piece of cooked fish. While the followers watched, Jesus took the fish and ate it.

Luke 24:35-43

Related Scripture Readings

Then those people who accepted (believed) what Peter said were baptized. On that day about 3,000 people were added to the group of believers. {The believers continued to meet together.} They used their time to learn the teaching of the apostles. The believers shared with each other. They ate together and prayed together. The apostles were doing many powerful and amazing things; and every person felt great respect for God. All the believers stayed together. They shared everything. The believers sold their land and the things they owned. Then they divided the money and gave it to those people who needed it. The believers met together in the temple yard every day. They all had the same purpose. They ate together in their homes. They were happy to share their food and ate with joyful hearts. The believers praised God, and all the people liked them. More and more people were being saved every day; the Lord was adding those people to the group {of believers}.

Acts 2:41-47

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If a person hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person. And that person will eat with me.

Revelation 3:20

The cup of blessing that we give thanks for is a sharing in the blood (death) of Christ, isn't it? And the bread that we break is a sharing in the body of Christ, isn't it? (There is one loaf of bread. And we are many people. But we all share from that one loaf. So we are really one body.)

1 Corinthians 10:16-17

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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