A week ago Mary was still up in Connecticut visiting some of our grandkids, so I was by myself when I went to Midlothian’s equivalent of Friday Night Lights. We were playing Waxahachie, the town 11 miles east of us, our big rival. I parked my truck about a half mile from the stadium at a friends and then walked to the game.
During my walk in, showing my senior citizen pass at the gate, and hiking to the non-assigned seating, I saw some folks that I knew, but no one recognized me. It’s amazing how a simple Montana cowboy hat and tinted glasses, still dark in the glare of the sun, can become such an effective disguise.
At the half time, I went over closer to the fifty yard line seats where I could connect with some good friends, but one of them didn’t recognize me at first. Then as I turned to greet them, and they heard my voice, I saw that look of recognition. “Dave, like your hat.”
On the Emmaus Road hiking with two of His disciples, Jesus wasn’t disguised in a hat from Montana, but they didn’t recognize Him. The last time they had seen Him He had been beaten to near death, nailed to a tree until He died, then taken down, wrapped in linen and placed in a tomb. Now as they walked toward their village their hearts burned as He opened the Jewish Scriptures, but still no look of recognition in their eyes.
“As they drew near to the village, Jesus acted as if he would go on, but they strongly plead with him, ‘Remain with us! It’s already evening. The day is almost gone.’ So he went inside to stay with them.
Now it happened in reclining at the table together, he took the bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him. Immediately, he disappeared.” - Luke 24:28-31
It was the first Sunday of the month and after a powerful forty minutes of teaching from the Word, the deacons presented the bread and the wine to our congregation. Amazing! Here we are more than two thousand years from the moment Jesus broke the bread and gave it to these two disciples in Emmaus. Still that moment of communion together powerfully helps us to recognize Him.
LORD, thanks again that this week as millions of believers around the world celebrate communion Jesus will be recognized and remembered till He comes
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