DISCOVERING A
LIVING FAITH
studies in scripture by David and Renée
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Like Cleopas
I look to God every time I break bread.

Doesn’t it seem a bit unusual that Jesus spent so much time eating and drinking with his disciples? What does stopping to have a meal have to do with anything? It’s something we do all the time—which is exactly why Jesus seized upon it.

Repeatedly throughout his earthly ministry, Jesus talked about the wonderful feast in the Kingdom of Heaven, when the Lord would celebrate with believers from all ages in glory. It’s a banquet no one wants to miss!

Jesus also used meals as opportunities to pray to God the Father (Luke 9:16) and to tell his disciples, “sinners,” Pharisees, and the crowds gathered around that place something about the Kingdom of Heaven (Luke 14:7-24, 19:1-10).

Right before his death, Jesus transformed the bread and wine of the Passover feast into powerful symbols of what the Christian faith is all about (Luke 22:7-30).

After his resurrection, Jesus kept right on eating with his disciples. His first meal was with an otherwise unknown disciple named Cleopas, who rushed back to Jerusalem to tell the apostles that he had seen the resurrected Lord Jesus. Imagine his surprise when the Lord suddenly appeared among them and asked for something else to eat!

Cleopas never looked at another meal the same. Every piece of fresh-baked bread, every piece of broiled fish, every cup of wine became an instant reminder to seize the opportunity to look to the resurrected Lord Jesus with thanksgiving, to fellowship with other believers, and to share our faith with others who haven’t trusted God yet.

The apostle Paul makes it clear the same experience can be ours today (1 Corinthians 10:16-31, 11:17-34).

FURTHER STUDY: Read in the scriptures in the gospel of Luke, chapter twenty-four.

Detail from painting by Raphael, c. 1518


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This excerpt is from the Living Faith™ Bible (Tyndale House Publishers)
Copyright © 2003, 2000 David and Renée Sanford

"...throughout his earthly ministry, Jesus talked about the wonderful feast in the Kingdom of Heaven, when the Lord would celebrate with believers from all ages in glory...a banquet no one wants to miss!"

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