On Christ, Emmanuel

Scripture: Luke 24:28-35
Hymn: Amidst Us Our Beloved Stands
(Symbol: Bread & Wine)

The prophet Isaiah said that the Child born of the Virgin would be called Emmanuel. Emmanuel means “God with us.” Jesus was with us while He was on earth. God became man, and in a way He is always with us, made like us in the incarnation, when He took a body like ours. On the night before He died Jesus shared the Passover meal with His disciples. He took the bread, broke it, and gave it to them and said “This is My body.” He took the cup and gave it to them, too, saying “This is the new covenant in my blood.” He told them He would not drink it again until He drank it with them in His Father’s kingdom. This was a promise that we would be with Him in glory. But He also told them that they should continue to celebrate that meal together to remember Him. After Jesus’ rose from the dead He appeared to two disciples on the road to Emmaus. He traveled with them and they spoke about the story of God’s people. But they did not recognize Him. They were sad that Jesus had died. When the day was over they asked the mysterious traveler to stay with them. They broke bread together, and at that moment the disciples recognized that it was Jesus with them. When we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, just like the disciples did, we are remembering His last supper before His death. We are remembering His death—how His body was broken and His blood was shed for us. We are remembering that we will celebrate with Him again in glory, as He promised. And in our celebrating, Jesus is present with us.

Dear Jesus, thank you for giving us Your body and blood. Thank you for giving us the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Please help us to remember You and to see You. Be known to us in the breaking of bread just as you were known to the disciples on the Emmaus road. Stay with us, we pray. Amen.

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