He was known to them…. (Luke 24:35)
As two men were on their way to Emmaus, they had an encounter with the risen Christ, although they did not recognize Him, at least, not until they broke bread and ate with Him.
In the ancient world to share a meal with someone was to become bonded together in friendship. Enjoying a meal with someone for the first time took the relationship from acquaintance to friend. It was a form of commitment to the other. It was lasting, not temporal.
The scripture tells us that Jesus acted as if He was going to walk on a little further, but these two men insisted that Jesus stay with them and have a meal together. For Jesus to deny such a request would have been extremely offensive, so He ends His journey for the day and sits down with these two men to break bread in fellowship.
The bible tells us that as soon as He, “took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them,” their eyes were opened and they were able to see that the man they were sitting with was indeed the risen Christ.
There was a different level these men went to with Jesus that day. Before this they only knew Him from a distance, but now, they knew Him as a friend. They were bonded together with Him, through deep fellowship and the breaking of bread.
What about you? Do you only know Him from a distance or have you invited the risen Savior to dine with you at your table? Have you entered into a deep, abiding friendship with Him? Does He know you, do you want Him to know you or would you rather He be more of an acquaintance than a friend?
In the ancient eastern world sharing a meal together was like entering into a covenantal commitment with one another. Have you entered into such a relationship with Jesus Christ? Jesus says in Revelation 3:20, “Here I am, I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come and dine with him and He with me.”
It is the sharing and breaking of bread with the Lord Jesus Christ where our relationship with Him goes to the next level. Do not misunderstand, it is not the bread that saves, nor the meal, but it is what our response to the invitation says about the commitment we are making. Saying yes to His invitation to dine with Him is to say, I am committed to you, permanently, in deep abiding fellowship. This is why communion is such a sacred ordinance within the Christian faith. It reminds us of our bonding to Christ. It is His body that was broken for us and our response is to say, yes Lord, although I am a wretched sinner, your grace covers me and through your love you and I can share in the blessing of an unbreakable covenant with one another.
Lord, thank you that although I am a sinner, who was once far from you, I have been brought near to you through your blood. In your love, I can be forgiven. You Lord, are the grace of my heart. You see me; you know me and you still wish to have a relationship with me. You invite me to dine at your table, to enter into an unbreakable covenant with you through the forgiveness of sins. Abba, I am forever grateful for your sacrifice for me. I love you, thank you for inviting me to dine at your table, in Jesus name, amen.