The thoughts in this week’s devotional I owe in large part to the author of one of my favorite blogs, Storied Theology. Thank you, Dr. Kirk.
Today, as I was reading Luke 24 as suggested by Pastor Stuart in his Daily Scripture Reading email, I was stopped by verses 30-31.
“After he took his seat at the table with them, he took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight.”
Now we can infer a lot from this passage of why the disciples didn’t recognize Jesus. But, we do know that after he broke the bread for supper their eyes were opened.
Last weekend we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus after his death by crucifixion. Easter is impossible without Good Friday. And, as we see in this passage in Luke, it’s still Easter. Resurrection life and power were not limited to Jesus and the Easter event 2000 years ago. Jesus made himself alive in the hearts of his disciples that evening after they recognized his sacrifice for it symbolized in the breaking of bread.
To continue with this thought, it is still Easter today. The resurrection life and power is still available for us as we choose to lay our lives down at the cross. The cross is not only for us and our sin, but also for others that they might come to experience Jesus’ resurrection life and power. The cross for us is also service to others through which Easter can flow, today.
Grace and peace,