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September 29, 2023

Appearing to Two Discouraged Believers (2)

Luke 24:27 And beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, He explained to them clearly in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. (28) And they drew near to the village where they were going, and He acted as though He would go farther. (29) And they constrained Him, saying, Stay with us, because it is near evening and the day is already gone by. And He went in to stay with them. (30) And as He reclined at table with them, He took the loaf and blessed it, and having broken it, He began handing it to them. (31) And their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him; and He disappeared from them. (32) And they said to one another, Was not our heart burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was opening to us the Scriptures?

[Part 2 of 2] The Lord also came to them for the purpose of opening their eyes. The Savior walked with them (v. 15) and stayed with them (v. 29), but it was not until they offered the loaf to Him and He broke it that their eyes were opened to recognize Him. They needed Him to walk and stay with them. But He needed them to offer the loaf to Him so that He might break it that He could open their eyes to see Him. Once their eyes were opened, they recognized Him. As soon as the eyes of the two disciples were opened and they recognized Him, "He disappeared from them." Literally the Greek here means, "He became invisible from them." The Savior was still with them. He did not leave them; He only became invisible. Luke does not say that the Lord Jesus went away. Rather, Luke tells us that He disappeared. To disappear is not the same as to go away. Here to disappear is a way of hiding. The Lord did not leave the two disciples; He simply caused His presence to be invisible. At first, His presence was visible, and then it became invisible. When the Man-Savior's presence became invisible, He disappeared. But when His presence became visible, He appeared. Christ is no longer in the flesh. In resurrection He has become the pneumatic Christ, the Spirit. Nevertheless, He still has a body. We do not understand how the Spirit can have a body. The two disciples in 24:13-35 learned a great deal on their journey. They did not want to wait until morning to return to Jerusalem. "Rising up that very hour, they returned to Jerusalem" and "related the things that occurred on the road, and how He was made known to them in the breaking of bread" (vv. 33, 35). They had left Jerusalem in disappointment, but they returned greatly encouraged. (c) 2007 Living Stream Ministry.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Luke, pp. 472-473. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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