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HEARTS AFIRE

April 19, 2013

Text: Luke 24:30-32  “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 from 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?”

Heavy hearted, two disciples trudged homeward to Emmaus. Their hopes had been crushed, their heats broken, their very lives turned topsy-turvy. The Teacher had been executed on a Roman cross. A person came up to them on the road and joined them on the journey. This was the resurrected Jesus, but they were prevented from recognizing him. Jesus asked them about their conversation and they related the recent trial and execution. Moreover they had been shaken by the strange story of the resurrection told by the two women who had gone that morning to his tomb and found it empty.  The stranger then proceeded to explain the meaning of these events. ” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:27
 
Arriving at Emmaus, the stranger accepted their hospitality. At the table he broke the bread and blessed it. Suddenly they recognized him, but he disappeared. “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?” Luke 24:32
 
Hearing the scriptural exposition of the meaning of the life and death of Jesus had set their hearts afire! The Lord had educated them, enthused them, and elated them. That resurrection day proclamation was only the first blush of the reception of the good news warming the hearts of hearers. Hearers on the day of Pentecost were “cut to the heart”. Many disciples prayed to “continue to speak your word with all boldness”. Stephen was so enflamed with the message that he was stoned for his forthright preaching. The Ethiopian nobleman was so overcome by Philip’s teaching that he begged to stop his chariot and be baptized. Cornelius summoned Peter to preach to a full house, and the hearers were baptized. Likewise, the Philippian jailer, after the midnight earthquake, asked what to do to be saved and his entire household were baptized at that late hour.
 
The gospel is heartwarming to the openhearted. Souls once beset with sin are lively and joyous again. The brokenhearted are unburdened. The estranged have found reunion. The weak are  re-energized. The hopeless have refreshed optimism. The oppressed are unburdened. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are filled to satisfaction. Christ and His gospel have brought new life to the pall of despair that Satan had enforced by his cruel reign.
 
If your enthusiasm with the good news of salvation has waned, your heart definitely needs rekindling.  Has your zeal been doused like the Laodiceans? (Revelation 3:14-22)  Have you faltered in your first love (Reveation 2:4) Have you turned back again to the “weak and worthless  elementary principles of the world”? (Galatians 4:9)  Then it is time for you to relight the fires of your heart.
 
Let Jesus re-ignite your heart.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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One Comment
  1. Very uplifting and to the point!

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