The Burning Heart Within You

When you hear the words of Jesus, does your heart burn within you?  After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to two men walking from Jerusalem to a village called Emmaus.  They didn’t recognize Him.  Perhaps His resurrected body had been transformed, healed or His identity was kept secret from them.  In any case, they didn’t know who had joined them.  They were talking about what had happened the previous three days and now a “stranger” had joined them and asked them about their conversation.  They were incredulous.  Was this man the only one in Jerusalem who had not heard what had happened?!?  How was that even possible?  They told Him what had happened to Jesus and how His body was now missing.  They were hoping that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah, but now that hope seemed to be fading.
Now it was Jesus’ turn to be incredulous.  He explained what God had prophesied about the Messiah throughout the Old Testament.  Then, when He appeared to be leaving them, they asked Him to stay with them as evening was approaching.  Jesus agreed and then, at the evening meal, He broke bread and gave it to them after giving thanks for it.  It was then that their eyes were opened and they realized that they were with Jesus!  Then He disappeared from their sight.  The two men ran off to see the 11 disciples and tell them that they had seen the Lord.
One of the interesting phrases in this passage is after Jesus is revealed, one of the two men says to the other:

Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us? – Luke 24:32 (NIV)

As they heard Jesus explaining the Scriptures, their hearts burned within them.  When you hear and read the Word of God, does your heart burn within you?  God’s Word is amazing!  It has the power to give life to the spiritually dead.  It has the power to call the lost home.  It has the power to change the sinner into the saint.  It is a love letter from God to you.  It is a road map to our heavenly home.  It is an instruction manual for how to please God through obedient living.  It tells us everything we need to know about how to have a real relationship with God based on love and grace and not on following rules.  It teaches us to follow Jesus and live for Him.  My prayer for you today is that this living, active Word will cause your heart to burn with passion and excitement as you read it.  For the Word of God is life-changing and it can bring about an amazing transformation in your life.
Luke 24:13-35 (NIV)
13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles 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 morning 23 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.

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