'As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, 'Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over,' So Jesus went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognised him; and he vanished from their sight.' (Luke 24:28-31)
The Emmaus Road encounter with the risen Lord is a familiar story. The disciples recognise Jesus in a meal-time setting that echos the Last Supper and foreshadows Christian communion. His vanishing from their sight is not the same as His abandonment of them, for he 'went to stay with them.' For us too, separated by two millennia from these events, the same is true. Jesus is not visible to our physical eyes, but He has come in to stay with us by His risen presence through the Holy Spirit. Each time we celebrate communion, we are reminded of that reassuring truth, and our eyes are opened afresh to behold it.
May you know the certain hope of the risen Christ's presence in you this Easter-time, and may it bring comfort, delight and strength to you, in whatever situations you face.
Yours in the Lord Jesus Christ,
From the Müller Prayer Team