“When He was at the table with them, He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, and He disappeared from their sight.”
— Luke 24:32
Luke 24 contains one of my favorite stories in all of Scripture. On the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus, two of followers of Jesus found themselves walking with the Resurrected Christ. We are not told why “but they were kept from recognizing Him.” (Luke 24:16)
During this seven mile journey, Jesus begins as a stranger, becomes a teacher, is welcomed as a guest and is recognized as the One who had risen from the grave.
Scripture tells us that these men were “downcast” or “looking sad”. It’s fair to say they were hurt and had lost hope.
There are times when we focus on the result our problems and fail to recognize His presence.
Our sorrow keeps us from seeing the Savior.
Our reasons for hurt hinder us from seeing the Redeemer that helps.
These disciples asked Jesus to stay and have a meal with them. “When He was at table with them, He took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him.” (Luke 24:31)
It’s unclear why they recognized Jesus at this point . . . we know that in the taking of bread, the blessing and the breaking . . . Jesus was known. They may have remembered His feeding of the 5,000 or His last meal . . . it was something in the blessing, the breaking and the bestowing.
When we recall what Jesus has done and recognize Who He is, we rest in His care and respond to His call.
Hurt was remedied. Hope was restored. Hearts were renewed.
Maybe we’re having a hard time recognizing Jesus. If hurt, hopelessness or heartache have hindered you from seeing the hand of Jesus . . . begin with this simple chorus . . .
Open our eyes Lord; we want to see Jesus , to reach out and touch Him, and say that we love Him.
Open our ears, Lord, and help us to listen. Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus.
Can you see Him?