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04/11/2009

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An Eye Opener


"When He was at the table with them, He took bread, gave thanks and 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.'" Then 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 24:30-35).

This incident happened on the first "Easter Sunday" as Cleopas and a friend were on a road to a small village called Emmaus. The resurrected Jesus appeared to them as they were walking and had a lengthy conversation, as He feigned not knowing what they were talking about. They thought Him to be a stranger who did not know about the death of Jesus, and they told Him all about it, including the empty tomb. Jesus replied to them, "How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter glory?" (V 25 & 26)

They still did not recognize Him and they urged Him to stay with them as they approached the village, for evening was almost upon them. Now here's the really cool part...It was only when He took the bread and gave thanks and gave it to them (sound familiar?) that "their eyes were opened and they recognized Him."

Tomorrow is the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the 21st of March, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus.....In other words, Easter Sunday...As we gather, our minds too will turn to the empty tomb. We will gather about the Lord's table in the Communion that binds us together as brothers and sisters in Christ in unity and hope. Hopefully we will realize that Jesus kept His promise to "drink it anew with us."

As those on the way to Emmaus' eyes were opened at the Supper, so will ours to the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ and His wonderful kept promises to us.

Have a wonderful Easter Sunday...... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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