Burning Hearts

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is when two men are walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus after Jesus had been crucified, died, buried. Now rumors were circulating that his body was gone and that he was alive. They were confused and searching for answers. Read on below.

Luke 24:13-34 – That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them. But God kept them from recognizing him.

He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?”

They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.”

“What things?” Jesus asked.

“The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him. We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.

“Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report. They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive! Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.”

Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them. As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!

They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us? And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.”

After all these events had transpired, the men were confused and searching for answers. They were seeking understanding and just at the right time, Jesus shows up. Jesus walks and talks with them, explaining the scriptures and how they relate to the events that have taken place. He was putting together the pieces of what had happened. Jesus revealed himself to them in the confusion and the chaos of it all. The revelation burned their hearts with understanding and realization. They burned with love and joy because the Savior was not dead but alive and he was walking with them all along.

How many times have we been confused, searching for understanding, seeking wisdom, or discernment. When we are in the midst of these questions and seeking answers, Jesus meets us on the road and he puts the pieces together for us. He is always pursuing us but when we open our hearts to him he opens our minds to give us the understanding that we need. And when we understand, our hearts burn with realization and revelation. The Savior turns our confusion and wandering into understanding which turns to love and joy for Him. He wants to turn our sorrow into joy and our weeping into dancing. We cannot do these things on our own. We have to be constantly washing ourselves with the Word of God and letting it seep into the cracks and the crevices of our hearts. God will always reveal himself through his Word and if we allow him, he will set our hearts on fire and give us a burning desire to serve him.

Thank you, Lord that you walk with us during uncertain times in our lives and you are always there ready to explain things and give us the understanding we need. I pray for revelation and realization in our lives and that our hearts would constantly be burning for you. Amen. 

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