“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 recognised him”
Our Lenten journey came to a climax as we read the story of two Jesus followers in Luke’s Gospel. They were walking on the road to Emmaus discussing all that had taken place with Jesus of Nazareth. There are at least three things to note from this story. The first is that the followers of Jesus were downcast. To be downcast is to physically look downwards. To feel sad, disappointed or discouraged. We’ve all felt these emotions but the followers were downcast due to their hopeful Redeemer having been crucified and His body disappeared. The second is that Jesus drew near to them. Despite their disappointment, Jesus drew near to them and chatted to them. This example tells us that it’s ok to talk to God about our sadness. That He cares for us and walks with us, that He wants to discuss what’s on our heart. And then third, without recognizing Him, the followers invited Jesus to share a meal in the village. This prompted His very familiar breaking of bread and the final revelation of resurrected identity. The truth is that we can all get a little bit downcast. We get sad and discouraged about things, even with people. Perhaps we get disappointed with Jesus and fail to believe He is the risen Saviour. But remember, God is near and cares for us. He wants to walk and talk with us in our disappointment. When we invite Him into our homes and hearts, He will reveal Himself to us.