“Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; And He vanished from their sight.”
Yesterday as the bright light shone in my eyes, I decided it was time for the sunglasses to be worn. As I put them on my whole perspective of what I could see completely changed. Everything had a slight amber glare. As I pondered this I realised that much is the same with our eyes. When we are blind and dead in our sin, life looks so bleak and dull. There is no hope, no reason to live and everything looks a monotone. When Christ comes alive in us, when we receive Him into our lives, everything almost seems like in has come alive. To steal Ben Cantelon lyric, ‘everything I see is in colour’.
In the story of the ‘road to Emmaus’, exclusive to Luke’s gospel, we are told of a similar situation whereby two of the disciples en-route to Jerusalem met the risen Jesus. As they are walking, Jesus, whose true identity was hidden, starts to explain to the two disciples who He really was using Moses’ and the Prophet’s writings. Yet still them could not discern whom this man was that they were walking with. It is only until Jesus broke the bread and blessed it that their eyes were opened. It is almost like they finally understood what it meant that Jesus’ own body had to be sacrificed through the breaking off the bread.
Until they fully realised who Jesus was, the image and perception of Him was just an ordinary man, who in their eyes had failed at restoring the Kingdom of Israel from the Romans. It is this reason that they were walking so sadly when Jesus met them. However, when they knew Jesus’ real identity, they were filled with joy and couldn’t contain their excitement. They had just walked a long 7 miles to Jerusalem and now travelled back to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples the good news.
The question we must ask ourselves is this, have our eyes truly been opened to see who Jesus really is for personally, and if so what is our reaction to it? Are you looking at Jesus through someone’s glasses or your own?