Knowing Jesus through Scripture and bread

“Strikingly, Jesus’ presence and the teaching of the Word are not enough. Jesus walks with the disciples [on the road to Emmaus, specifically], He teaches them everything concerning Himself from all the Scriptures, and still their eyes are closed. Still they are abandoning the mission that Jesus started, the mission to proclaim the gospel to the poor. Their eyes are opened only later, after Jesus sits to break bread with them. The Word without the bread is not enough to open our eyes to the living, risen Jesus. The Word without bread is detached from real life; the bread without the Word turns into a magic act. But when the Scriptures are taught and the bread is broken, then Jesus can be known.”

-Peter Leithart in The Four: A Survey of the Gospels, (Canon Press, 2010), p. 205

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