When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.
After his resurrection, Jesus appears to two followers on the road to Emmaus, but they don’t recognize him until they sit down to eat and Jesus breaks the bread. This story evokes the memory of Eve and Adam, whose eyes were also opened after eating – but opened to their own nakedness and a sense of estrangement from God and one another. But in Jesus, the relational breach between God and humans, and between humans and humans, is repaired.
Rebekah Devine is Executive Assistant to Shane Claiborne at Red Letter Christians. She holds an M.A. in Biblical Exegesis, an M.Litt in Theology and the Arts, and a B.S. in Biblical Studies. Rebekah blogs at rebekahdevine.com, and is writing a memoir about growing up messianic Jewish(ish) called A Wandering God Was My Father. Find her on Facebook and Twitter (@rebekahmdevine).