Luke 24:13-16 “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.”
They were discouraged because Jesus had died, but He was walking with them.
Luke 24:17-18 “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.”
Has God ever walked with you when you were discouraged and said, ‘What’s happened?’ Jesus has a sense of humor. ‘What are you discouraged about?’ That’s Jesus asking that question.
Luke 24:19-27 “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.”
Jesus called them fools and then explained the prophecies concerning Himself. (They still didn’t recognize Him.)
Luke 24:28-31 “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!”
Jesus gave them like two semesters of Bible school in a couple of hours. He explained all the Old Testament prophecies about Himself. He talked about Abraham and Isaac and the fact that God would provide Himself a sacrifice. He even talked about the prophecies of John the Baptizer.
Something took place at the table. He opened their eyes because of what took place at the table. He who was a guest became the host. He took the bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them. It’s the simple act of taking bread which became the catalyst for the greatest news.
Something must have happened at the table.
There is something about Taking, Blessing, Breaking, and Giving bread.
Mat 26:26 “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.”
Mark 14:22 “And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.”
Every time Jesus took bread, there was a process of taking and breaking.
Mat 14:19 “And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.”
That blessing had to do with multiplying the bread.
Jesus blessed the bread then broke it then gave it. He still does that with us, He blesses us then breaks us then gave.
Mat 15:36 “And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.”
It’s in the breaking that the giving can happen. This is part of the blessing.
Jesus was trying to give a revelation about the process of how you can be used of God, how you can receive of God and blessed by Him. You must be broken in order to be given. You must be broken in order to be a blessing.
Why does the bread have to be broken? Because that is the process before it is used.
David was taken out from his brothers and the field. He was blessed. His best friend was Prince Jonathan. God wanted to use him but He couldn’t. David hadn’t been broken yet. As much as David thought he knew God, he was about to get 15 years of breaking.
Moses was taken out, broken and afraid, spending 40 years in the desert.
What stage are you in? Where are you in this pattern? Blessing, Breaking, or Giving?
You can’t be used the way you are. God will take you and break you and then He will bless other people through you.
Why didn’t those guys see they were walking with Jesus? They were blinded because they were discouraged, all kinds of pain and hurt. You can be discouraged and down and depressed and you have no idea Jesus is standing right next to you.
Moses came from the burning bush with a magic wand! God has the power to make it alive and then bring it back to a wooden stick. God has the power to make disease and healing. The Israelites saw these miracles but had a hard time believing God had the power to deliver them.
People believe except for their great oppression. They were so oppressed they couldn’t fathom being delivered. Those men saw Jesus crucified and buried. They were blinded by their own religiosity and their expectations unmet. They thought God should do things a certain way and when He didn’t they got discouraged.
People look for God outside of the fire when He’s right in there with them. He’s in the pit with them to help lift them out. ‘Lift up your heads!’
Instead of having faith for stuff (healing, finances, etc), just have faith in Jesus. He will never leave you, nor forsake you. ‘Forsake’ means ‘abandon.’ He will never do that to you.
More Questions for Personal or Group Study:
- When have you been discouraged? Why?
- When have you felt all alone only to realize later that Jesus was with you through it all?
- Read Psalm 23:4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” When have you walked through ‘the valley of the shadow of death’? Are you willing to follow and trust Jesus even if He is leading you through that? How can you help others going through this?
- What situations stress you out the most? Why? How can you trust Jesus more in these situations?
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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