Google+ 04/24/14 His Revelation to Us Will Be Forever!

Luke 24:28-31

 

By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey.

Jesus acted as if he were going on, but they begged him,

“Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.”

So he went home with them.

As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it.

Then he broke it and gave it to them.

Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.

And at that moment he disappeared!

 

Jesus appeared to many people during the forty days following that resurrection morning.  Some of those people we would expect Him to visit, like the apostles and the two Mary's.  Today's Scripture is part of a special appearance that Jesus makes to some unknown people on the road to Emmaus.  One of the most important parts about this revelation is that Jesus hides His identity from them.  In other words, He just wanted to listen and participate in the conversation they were having without them knowing who He was.  As a pastor, I can relate.  It is probably not a surprise to anyone that people often "clean-up" their conversations in front of pastors!  All I have to do is indicate that I am a pastor and most conversations take a different direction, immediately.  Jesus really wanted to know what people were saying about His death, burial, and resurrection.  By hiding His identity,  He was able to glean the truth from these folks.  Notice that as soon as their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, He disappeared!  Jesus broke bread with them and it was through this sharing of a meal that Jesus revealed Himself.  As I have mentioned before, we have a free meal at our church every night where people can come and break bread with each other and Jesus.  We do this for a very important reason.  It is what Jesus did every day.  Most of the miracles and teachings of Jesus occurred in conjunction with a meal.  Why can't churches embrace this fact?  No where in the Bible does it tell us that Jesus took up a monetary collection at any of those meals.  People are often afraid to come and fellowship and eat together because of money.  Nothing could be further from the truth and love of God.  Let's get together and break bread daily with Jesus, and each other, and watch what He reveals.  He may not stay long but, "His Revelation to Us Will Be Forever!"