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Luke 24:13-31 NLT
24 13 That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem.
14 As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened.
15 As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them.
16 But God kept them from recognizing him.
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?” They stopped short, sadness written across their faces.
18 Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.”
19 “What things?” Jesus asked. The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people.
20 But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him.
21 We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.
22 “Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report.
23 They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive!
24 Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.”
25 Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures.
26 Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?”
27 Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on,
29 but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them.
30 As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them.
31 Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!
Rev Brice Thomas
Sermon Theme: Breaking Open the Bread
Jesus’ table ministry was a preeminent way that he showed and shared a depth of love unseen in his time. He ate and spent time with those considered unworthy of his attention. Even in his post-resurrection appearances, it was in the breaking of bread that he was “recognized”–perhaps because so many times in his ministry, it was at tables that he invited people to open up and share from their hearts—getting right to the heart of the matter. As we gather to break bread this day, we remember that, at the heart, Jesus’ message was unconditional love.
The peace of Christ is not just for Christians. Jesus never said, “Only share my peace with those who believe the same way you do,” His peace is for all who need and desire it. What message of peace does the world need right now? You are not alone? I am here? God loves you?
In what ways can you share this message of peace to more and more people? How can you “break open” yourself for the sake of others? What personal acts of peace can you share? How can you offer support to those who are working so hard right now? How can you offer love to those who are feeling short on love, peace or comfort? We’ll share our ideas during Zoom communion and prayer.
During worship, gather around a table with something to eat and drink. At the appropriate time, put both hands on your heart, close your eyes and think about how Jesus was revealed to his disciples through the breaking of bread; sharing his love, peace and friendship with them. Reach out and connect your hands with those who are with you, around or across the table. If you are alone, reach out your hands to your sides and imagine two people on either side of you who you want to offer love to right now. You can reach out with text or call later to let them know you were thinking of them at this moment.
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