Responsibilities of the Church Day 7 – Sunday Meditations of Jesus
“He was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.” (Luke 24:35)
The two on the road to Emmaus traveled seven miles with the Lord Jesus, heard Him explain the prophesies about the Messiah, sat across the table from Him in their own home—and yet didn’t recognize Him. But in a key moment in time, as He broke bread and blessed it, their eyes were opened!
It has been said that in breaking the bread and offering it to them, the Lord Jesus may have exposed the nail prints in His hands, helping them to realize Who He was. Scripture doesn’t give us those specific details, but I believe it is entirely possible that they saw the marks of the sacrificed Savior that could belong to no one else!
I am sure that He expounded God’s Word through the prophets in a way that no one else could have done either. I have no doubt that the impact of His very presence would have been like no other. But somehow, the Lord Jesus used the simple act of breaking bread to open their eyes, to help them see only Him.
This thought has caused me to take another look at the Lord’s Supper, a simple feast established by the Lord Jesus with His disciples just prior to His arrest, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. He asked them to remember Him. “As often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:25).
Eating bread and drinking wine happened every day. It was as essential as breathing. The Savior wanted His disciples to think of Him in that way. As often as they broke bread to eat, and lifted the cup to drink, He wanted them to remember what He sacrificed for them, what He accomplished for them, and that He was alive and returned to glory, but still present with them…always.
I recently read an interesting thought about the Lord’s Supper:
“According to marriage customs of first-century Jews, when a man decided whom he’d chosen to marry, his father would pour a cup of wine and pass it down to his son. The son would then turn to the young woman he loved, and with all the solemnity of an oath before Almighty YHWH Himself, the young man would hold out the cup of wine to the woman and ask for her hand in marriage. He would ask with these words: ‘This cup is a new covenant in my blood, which I offer you,’ a marriage proposal with the words Jesus used the night He instituted the Lord’s Supper: ‘This is the new covenant in My blood, which I offer to you.’ In other words, Jesus says to you with this cup, ‘I love you. I want you. I covenant Myself to you. I commit to you. This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which I offer to you. Do you love Me? Will you covenant yourself to Me?’” ~ Ann Voskamp, The Broken Way (Zondervan, 2016, pages 42, 44.)
I sat there with the book in my hand and my mouth gaping. The Son took the cup the Father gave Him. He drank it. He drained the cup of judgment against sin and offered only the cup of remembrance. In this precious feast, could He be saying, “With all that I am, with all that I have, with My own most precious, only-ever-sinless life’s blood, I pledge an irrevocable covenant to love and care and provide and eternally redeem you”? Could He be saying, “I chose you—at ultimate cost, forever and for always to be Mine. Do you choose Me in return?”?
The Lord Jesus knew that the disciples were already mourning as they anticipated that He would no longer be with them. He knew that their world was about to turn upside down—for all the right reasons, but tumultuous nonetheless! And He kept it simple: bread and wine. As often as they ate the bread and drank the wine, He wanted to draw them back to Himself.