LENT 2018 | DAY XXV

READ Luke 23:13-35

The angel has proclaimed that Christ is risen, but how can the disciples be sure? How can they believe this news without seeing it with their own eyes? And even if they did believe without seeing Him, what were they to do now?

Jesus meets them as they are walking on the road, and keeps them from knowing who He is. He asks them about what has been happening in the city (which would not have seemed like an odd question from a traveler on a major thoroughfare following Passover). And the disciples confess, “We had hoped He would be the one to redeem Israel.”

We had thought …

We had hoped …

We must have been wrong.

But as they sit and share a familiar meal with this strange, tired traveler, their eyes are suddenly opened! As Jesus takes the common bread of the meal and breaks it, blesses it, and hands it to them, they recognize the One who, just days earlier, told them that this bread was His body. And as He passes the wine around the table, they know the familiar voice of their old Friend.

It is not insignificant that this is the moment Jesus chose to reveal Himself to them. He did not just want to explain to them the Old Testament prophecies concerning Himself (though He did that), but He wanted to remind them of why He came: to bring them into communion with Himself. The resurrection of Jesus did not make Him an untouchable deity, but our Brother; by rising from the dead Jesus did not become less accessible to us, but more. And around a common table, with some bread and some wine, He reminds them: it’s Me. I’m here. And I did all this to be in communion with you.

Today, in the most ordinary places of our lives, the resurrection matters. It matters to you and to me as we work our way through our day, choosing to believe in the resurrection despite today’s illnesses and believing in the Kingdom of God even when the kings of this world make us shudder. It matters as we make crockpots of soup or buy groceries to feed our families, even when we’re worn and grieving. The resurrection matters for our ordinary moments of life because in each and every moment we are – by the blood of Jesus – in communion with our Lord. This is why we break bread in our homes with friends and savor the sweetness of a common table, and why we come to the Supper each week – because these are the places that we are reminded: Jesus is alive. He’s here. And now, we are able to commune with Him.

Thank God for the resurrection, and ask Him to teach you to commune with Him by His Spirit in every ordinary moment of your life.

Author: amygannett

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