Scripture Reading: Luke 24:28-35
“Then the two told what had happened on the way and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread” (verse 35).
Now we know how the two people in their home in Emmaus recognized Jesus. They had been in His presence, listened to His words, experienced His care and concern, and yet had not recognized Him until suddenly, over a simple meal, He broke bread. In this moment, their eyes were opened.
Can you imagine what that moment meant to them? They were certainly excited enough to run all the way back to Jerusalem, and that wasn’t just down the road. They had just walked from there, and now they ran all the way back to share the news with the disciples. “It is true! The Lord has risen…” was their message, and then they shared how they recognized Him when He broke the bread.
The breaking of the bread was very symbolic. In the upper room, Jesus had taken bread and declared, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19). However, I am not sure these two knew about that moment with the disciples, but maybe they did. Anyway, they certainly knew the symbolism of the breaking of bread when He did it in their home.
Several symbols come from this moment. Let me suggest that it was a symbol of His care. These people, on this day, were filled with grief and confusion. They longed for someone to care; someone to understand. Then along came Jesus. As He talked with them, they became aware of His care for them. Then, when He accepted the invitation to share a meal at their table, another symbol of His care took place.
When Jesus broke the bread in the upper room, symbolic of His broken body on the cross, He was really saying, “See, this is how much I care for you. I care enough to die for you.” And when He broke bread in their home, He was saying, “See, this is now much I care for you; enough to be here with you and share in you sorrow.”
He cares for us today. That is the promise of 1 Peter 5:7. Whatever is going on in the your life, you can take the promise and live in the reality of it, for He surely cares for you.