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“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.  They said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked with us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?’” (Luke 24:30-32, ESV).

            The two disciples who met Jesus on the road to Emmaus had been prevented from recognizing the Lord while they spoke with Him, even as He explained how the Scriptures testified to Him.  Yet at last “their eyes were opened”—when He broke the bread for them.  Think about the significance of that gesture, the symbol of the Last Supper, the fulfillment of Passover in the self-giving of Christ.

            Our relationship with Christ comes in the context of His atoning work.  He who offered Himself for us invites us to know Him in a living relationship; the Risen One is our Savior and Lord, who has accomplished redemption for us in His blood.  Abide in Christ, who gives life to His people.