30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 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?”
Two of them on the road to Emmaus, Cleopas and another. They met the risen Jesus, though they did not recognize him at first. Ever wonder what people would say about you, how they would describe you in your absence? They called Jesus a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and the people. They hoped he would be the one to redeem Israel, but he was crucified three days ago. Some women said they couldn’t find his body, but saw some angels who said Jesus was alive. Others went to the tomb and confirmed that his body was gone.
Jesus must have been thinking, “That’s it? You haven’t made the connection?” So he proceeded to explain to them the scriptures pertaining to the messiah. Then they asked him to come in with them at the place they were going, since it was getting towards evening. And there, at the table, he took bread, gave thanks to God, and gave it to them. Suddenly, it all made sense, but then Jesus was gone.
How do you explain the amazing feeling to realize that all your deepest hopes have come true, that Jesus is alive, that there is life beyond the grave, and that God’s grace and mercy is more powerful than you could have ever imagined? All they could say is that their hearts were burning, as if their hearts could hardly fit inside their bodies; they were so full of the love of God! The truth that they experienced is one that is still true today. May our hearts also burn within us to realize what a great God we have!
Lord, we want to recognize you in the truths of scripture and in the breaking of bread among other believers. May our hearts burn with anticipation, looking forward when we will break bread at your heavenly table. Until that day when you call us home, make us eager to serve in your name. Amen.