28 They came near the village where they were going, and he gave the impression that he was going farther. 29 But they urged him, “Stay with us, because it’s almost evening, and now the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 It was as he reclined at the table with them that he took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Weren’t our hearts burning within us while he was talking with us on the road and explaining the Scriptures to us?”
I’ve always wondered how it could be that they didn’t recognize Jesus. They knew there was something different about Him, or they wouldn’t have urged Him to stay. They had even been His disciples—but in this moment, they were blind to His identity. That was, until He took that bread in His hands. Blessed it. Then, broke it. In that moment they understood the burning, the deep longing to be with Him. It was Jesus! Their Jesus.
Ever had one of those moments? A moment that you knew felt different, but you couldn’t put your finger on it? Why was it impacting you this way? Why was every part of your heart feeling like it may burst? And then, as if a veil was pulled back, you realized it was because Jesus was all up in the moment. The birth of that child. The death of that saint. The soul connection with your spouse. The new vision in your heart. The force of the ocean before you, or the red cardinal in the white snow that you can’t take your eyes off of.
Breaking bread wasn’t spiritual. But oh, it was holy. Jesus made it holy. Breaking bread is ordinary. Bread comes free at restaurants. Plopped down like an afterthought. But when you put that same bread in the hands of Jesus—oh, my friend, doesn’t it become holy!
Often in the church we think holy moments only happen on Sunday morning. But not with Jesus. Jesus takes the ordinary, every-day occurrences in our lives, and if we’re willing to look for Him inside of them, we see how holy they truly are. He can make a sunset holy. He can make a day on the lake with your family holy. That’s just the kind of Jesus He is.
So, the next time something that seems ordinary impacts your heart in an extraordinary way, stop, and look for Jesus in that moment. He has come to break bread with you. He has come to reveal Himself to you. He has come…to you.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- When is the last time you’ve had an experience that you simply didn’t want to end?
- How might you have looked for God in that moment?
- What might God have been wanting to speak to your heart?
- How can you begin to make this a practice in your life?
Pray for Hope for the World missions partner The For All Mankind Movement. Pray for trainings to be able to happen despite meeting restrictions, and for plans to be able to go forward. Pray for the pandemic to subside in the developing world.