Come To The Table

I spent this past weekend in Jerome, ID at a leadership retreat for my church.  We stayed at a monastery which was a first for me and I could not stop thinking about Nacho Libre any time that I saw one of the monks walking around.  I was tempted to take some toast back to my quarters.

Anyways, the speaker for the retreat was Dr. Dave Williams who was one of my professors from Barclay College.  I was excited just to spend some time with him and get away for the weekend.  What he talked about this past weekend really impacted me deeply.

We spent the entire weekend breaking down a passage found in Luke 24 about the road to Emmaus.  Take the time to read it is you are not familiar with it.

“13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

19 “What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

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. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.”

These guys spent a good amount of time with Jesus.  They walked with him talking with him from when the sun was out until it was almost evening.  It even says that Jesus even explained all the scriptures that were written about him and they still did not understand that it was Jesus until that night at dinner when he broke bread.  A lot of times we can know about Jesus but not really know him. 


This icon of the Holy Trinity was also used a lot this week to show a few things.  You may not be into using icons a lot in your worship or study of God, I know I am not, but I found this one to be a good reminder. These 3 beings represent the three pieces of the Godhead; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  They are around a table, in communion with each other, but there is room for one more at the table.  That is a spot for you.  It is an invitation to come and be in communion with the creator of the universe and to join with Him.  You do not need to be perfect to come here.  Just humble yourself and pull up a chair.  You can know all you want about God, but you also need to be in relationship with Him and the best way to do that is to come up to this table.



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