5. The Risen Lord Is Recognized at the Breaking of Bread
“So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 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; and he vanished out of their sight. They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?” And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.” (Luke 24:28-35)
It is interesting to consider that one of the words used in the Greek for disciple is mathetes which means more than the thoughtful learner; it means that the learner uses the principles of mathematics to understand the truth. Rudolf Steiner explained how this mathematical process was necessary to grasp the whole idea.
“In ancient times, the followers of occult science, the Gnostics, called this occult science mathesis, not because they understood it as mathematics, but because this occult science has the character of mathematical truth.” The Mission of Occult Science in our Time. 10 October, 1907
Now, as we try to understand these sacred words, we must explore all the different ways they can add up. We can attune our mind to this mathematical process. This is what took place on the road, on the way, when they at first didn’t know who they were talking to. “And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” This is a mathesis being understood by the mathetes. Later, when they realized who they were talking to, they said, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?” So their hearts went from slow to burning in this exchange with Jesus, who represents the I Am.
It wasn’t until they shared bread and wine that “their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight.” It is interesting that they were not part of the eleven but still knew about the bread and wine. “Who is Jesus : What is Christ? Vol 5 by Kristina Kaine
Appearance of Christ by Tissot