Dear Friend of Vision
When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, (Lu.24:30-33)
I love sharing the Eucharist, or Communion. The bread represents Christ Body, both the one given for us on the cross, his church, his body in the earth. His blood continuously cleanses us from sin, and the wine is a wonderful reminder of his sacrifice. It is interesting that Jesus revealed himself to these two (probably two of the 70 follower of Jesus) through the Word, which opened their hearts, and through the communion. In my view, it is both the word preached and the Word ingested that makes up the majority of our worship of Jesus. Both are essential in our life in Christ. Further, it is the combination of the Word and Worship, Word and Spirit, that empowers us, to go from a place of safety to a place of danger. In essence, Jerusalem was a most dangerous place. Jesus had just been crucified…thus it made perfect sense to run the two miles or so to Emmaus, a small town and a great place to hide. But once they encountered the risen Christ, and exper4ienced Word and Worship, they dropped their food and drink and ran to tell the rest of the disciples “Christ is Risen”! Safety no longer mattered…but the gospel of the Kingdom preached became the most important thing in their lives.
My prayer for you, me and our students is that we all receive a revelation (or greater one) of Jesus as the Living Word, and of the importance of eating his flesh and drinking his blood, that is, or our total surrender to the empowerment of the Holy Spirit…who needs safety anyway…you don’t get out of this world alive!