As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
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. 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?”
They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread. Luke 20:28-35
We have looked at receiving the resurrection like a child, receiving it personally like Mary hearing the Lord speak her name. Now we come to receiving and believing in the resurrection through the breaking of the bread. Cleopas and his friend were blind to the resurrection until Jesus took the bread, gave thanks and began to give it to them.
Let’s remember that last Passover supper. “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, spoke a blessing and broke it, and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is My body.” Matthew 26:26
Christ’s body would be offered up in death…we must receive this gift. But now Christ’s body is being offered as a resurrected body. This must be received as well. Christ has risen – take and eat – take this truth into your very soul. The truth that burns into the heart.
Prayer Borrowed from Prayerscapes: https://www.prayerscapes.com/prayers/occasions/communion_prayers.html
If you wish, you can take a piece of bread and break it before you pray.
Lord, as we take this bread,
We remember that You are the bread of life.
You feed our souls, you nourish our hearts and You give us sustenance to run the race before us.
As we break the bread, we feel the softness of Your love for us.
We smell the fragrance of the grace You release afresh each day.
We thank you with all our hearts for the great price You paid when You were crucified on the cross for us.
Yet just as the yeast has caused this bread to rise, You rose again, triumphant over death as Lord of Lords and King of Kings forever, and our beloved Saviour.
Thank you, Lord.
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