Songs for Luke – Open Our Eyes – Luke 24

Luke 24:13-35 is one of the more beautiful and enigmatic passages in the Gospels.  The resurrected Jesus full of power and the spirit shows up and walks with a number of disciples along the Emmaus Road…and they are totally oblivious that this is Jesus! He even preaches to them and they don’t realize it is Jesus. It’s not until they are gathered together for a meal and he breaks bread with them that their eyes are opened and they can meaningfully process the words of his preaching (would love to have the notes from that sermon!) Why does the Spirit wait to open their eyes until they have broken break together?  Does this moment speak to the significance of the Lord’s Supper to spiritual awakening in our churches? It should.

In our evangelical context we struggle to know how to make the Lord’s Supper a spiritually powerful moment in our worship.  It should be the climax of our worship…and at least as significant as our time of music and preaching.  It should be the place that the Holy Spirit is especially active and working to open our eyes and apply the words of the preaching.  Yet for many churches it is an add on and doesn’t feel like a liturgical act full of power to open eyes and give faith.

Zac Hicks (you can read his post HERE) and I have attempted in our song based in this passage, to help us worship through the disciples experience of Jesus at the table.  We hope it is enlightening for your spiritual eyes as well.

Open Our Eyes
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Verse 1

When we see the risen Savior
In the bread that He has blessed
He becomes the living servant,
Heavenly food for holy rest

Stay with us, for day is fading
Feast with us, O secret King
Show to us how Scripture’s story
Speaks of You in everything

Pre-Chorus

Do not our hearts burn brightly now
For You’re here among us now

Verse 2

Jesus, show yourself the author
and perfecter of our faith
In Your living and Your dying,
Consummation of God’s grace
From creation to the exile
Incarnation to the grave
Resurrection to ascension
Come, Lord Jesus (maranatha), now to save

Chorus:

Open our eyes to see You Christ
Risen, ascended, reigning high
Open our eyes, open our eyes to You
Feed us with living bread above
Bind us in union with Your Love
Open our eyes, open our eyes to You

Verse 3

You’re the Word that spoke creation
You’re the end of Moses’ Law
You’re the goal of Abram’s blessing
You’re the King whom David saw,
You’re the Day the prophets longed for,
You’re the covenant of grace,
You’re the hero of the scriptures,
Now we see You face to face.

Bridge

You remember God the Father,
You remember God the Son
You remember God the Spirit
in the hearts of those you’ve won

Ending Verse

Jesus, show yourself the Prophet
Jesus, show yourself the King
Jesus show yourself the priest
All in all, and everything


(c) 2012 Bruce Benedict and Zac Hicks

12 thoughts on “Songs for Luke – Open Our Eyes – Luke 24

  1. Great job gents. Memorable melody. Incredible lyrics. Don’t think I’ve heard a better hymn lyric than the 2nd half of verse 2. Love the 3m chord on the pre chorus. All in all, well done. Can’t wait to sing it in context of the Eucharist!

  2. Like the song a lot. Great great lyrics on Christ’s life and how all the Scriptures speak of Him. The melody is straight-forward and singable, while maintaining distinctness. So cool to have a new song that gives us opportunity to sing unique truths that aren’t typical parts of contemporary worship or even traditional hymnody.

    My one thought/concern is that the bridge reads a little confusing. “You remember…in the hearts of those you won”. Who is remembering and who won? And, for that matter, whom was won? I think the sentiment is that believers (first “you”, and the persons referenced as “those you won”) remember the Trinity in their hearts, as they are won by Christ (second “you”, and the “you” from the rest of the song). Maybe a simple change would be “WE remember…in OUR hearts AS those you’ve won.”

    • Tim, Did I prompt you for this comment!? Yeah. The bridge is a little difficult to understand and we debated using it but decided in the end to go for it because it communicates what is a really difficult concept to get across otherwise. The basic idea is a meditation on the Trinity at work in communion and how we enter that through union with Christ. So the “YOU” in the bridge is Jesus. The bridge as a whole reminds us of the interceding work of Christ on our behalf each week in worship where we are reminded of our Loving father, reminded of our perfect Lord and Savior, and reminded that the Holy Spirit has sealed us in our baptism. It is a meditation on the complex and mysterious relationship we have with our Triune God. I’m sure that totally clears it up!

  3. Hey TIm,
    It might not be as confusing as you think; just perhaps a concept unfamiliar to many evangelicals? I think it’s that God remembers himself- it’s perichoresis happening here, the interpenetration of the three persons of the Trinity. Jesus, by preaching Himself from the Scriptures, is remembering Himself and the other Persons of the Godhead and what He has done in history.
    If that’s true, it’s definitely not a concept evangelicals are used to singing about, but if that’s what’s happening in Luke 24 (and indeed throughout Scripture and the Gospels- “as the Father has loved me…”), it is worth singing about. God remembers Himself. Whoa. And if that’s true, then it doesn’t make the pronoun in the next line as confusing, since we are the subject of those He’s one.
    Have I missed it?

  4. Well done Bruce and Zac!
    Yeah, my favorite part is actually the bridge. I agree that is is most likely an unfamiliar theological concept for many evangelicals, which is probably a good reason to sing it. I love that it captures so well the reality that the Trinity is a mystery, and yet undeniably real and very knowable, and it brings the power and ministry of the God-head to bear on all of us – actually, not just theoretically.
    Again, well done!
    Ben

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  6. You ask: “Why does the Spirit wait to open their eyes until they have broken bread together?” HERE is my stab at answering that question: http://worr.org/images/File/4-4Expera.pdf. Their physical eyes are not opened until He has opened the SCRIPTURES (v. 32) to them, as it is the witness of the the Scriptures rather than their visual experience of Him that will maintain their faith (and that of Luke’s original and future readers, including us). I think it is the primacy of the Scriptures that is even more in view here than the importance of the Supper.

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