Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 21, 2017

Recognition

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:21 pm

Luke 24:30-31 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. (NIV)

 The 2 men were traveling from Jerusalem to Emmaus.  They were heart-broken.  They had put all their hopes in Jesus as being the Messiah coming to free them from the Roman tyranny.  They witnessed Him crucified and dead on a cross.  They were returning to the life they knew before they met Jesus.  Then a stranger joined them.  They didn’t recognize Jesus.  Not only because they believed Him dead but quite probably His resurrected body had gone through enough of a change from the terrible beatings He had endured.  So, we must ask, how did they finally recognize who this stranger was?  They recognized Him not by His looks but by what He did.  He broke the bread and blessed it.  We recognize Jesus the same way today.  We recognize Him by what He does through His Holy Spirit flowing out through others.  That gives us another question to answer.  Do others recognize Jesus through our words and actions?  If we call ourselves Christians (followers of Christ) we must be careful with our words and actions because we are a representation of Jesus.  The world will judge Jesus by the way we represent Him.  Let’s meditate on this thought.

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