Connecting With Reality

And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.

Luke 24:41-43 NIV

Last weekend I preached on the disciples’ encounter with Jesus on their walk to Emmaus. I mentioned that Jesus was recognized in the breaking of the bread.  What is it with food in the Bible? Why is it mentioned so often? Jesus was tempted by food in the wilderness, Jesus gave out food to 5000, Jesus shared a last supper with his disciples, and then when Jesus was resurrected he returns and starts eating with them again. Today’s text of Jesus requesting food demonstrates that he has a real body. He is not a ghost but a real person returned from the dead. A person who eats with his friends.

Viktor E. Frankl recounted an experience he had when he was in a Nazi concentration camp. He was at the end of his rope from having so little food. When he had lost every possession and had every value destroyed, someone gave him a piece of bread. Frankl wrote, “I remember how a foreman secretly gave me a piece of bread which I knew he must have saved from his breakfast ration. It was far more than the small piece of bread which moved me to tears at the time. It was the human ‘something’ this man also gave to me — the word and the look which accompanied the gift.” Keep on the lookout for that ‘human something’ the next time you break bread with another person. It is amazing how sharing food and a kind word can allow people to see the presence of Christ. May you share the reality of Jesus in the breaking of the bread.

In Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Paul Marzahn