Here in Luke 24:13-35, we see two disciples returning to Emmaus. As they are walking, Jesus appears and starts walking with them. They have no clue that this man is Jesus, so they continue along and shoot the breeze as they travel. They eventually get to their location and invite Jesus in to stay the night with them. It is then that they realize who He is. There are two moments here that I want to point out. Jesus uses these moments to share with us how we can encounter Jesus every day.
Luke 24:27says, “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.”
These two disciples had just explained their sadness and confusion with Jesus dying on the cross and then the news of the tomb being empty. Obviously, these men knew the biblical prophecies but they missed one giant point – Jesus’ suffering was His path to glory. It was His path to save you and me. So Jesus took them to Scripture here in verse 27 and explained to them what was said in Scripture concerning Himself. (Sidebar, this must have been the most immersive, crazy cool Bible study ever from Jesus Himself. You cannot beat that!) Jesus led them to encounter Himself through the scriptures.
Luke 24:30-31adds, “When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight.”
After their long walk, they finally arrived and they invited this man, aka Jesus, in to stay with them since the day was over. So, naturally, they had to eat dinner. Jesus did what He does best and broke bread and blessed it and began to give it to them. It was at that moment that they realized who this man was. Imagine the embarrassment they must have felt. (They even mentioned some of that in verse 32.) They were walking with Jesus the whole time – not recognizing who He was. All it took was a little communion to remember who Jesus was. Just like today, when we take communion, we use it as a way to remember everything Jesus did for you and for me.
Reading and studying the Bible and taking communion are two of the ways we can encounter Jesus today. Jesus will continue to reveal Himself to us as we study the Word and as we break bread together. I love how sometimes I will read a part of the Bible 100 times, and on the 101st time, I will see something different. That is Jesus revealing Himself to me through the Holy Spirit and the reading of the Word. If you want to experience Jesus, make sure you are doing these things on a regular basis.