Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Did not our heart burn within us?

Luke 24:31-35: “Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. 32 And they said to one another, ‘Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?’ 33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, ‘The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!’ 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.”

It happens that on the glorious day of Jesus’ resurrection that He appeared to two disciples walking to Emmaus. These disciples were traveling from Jerusalem to Emmaus, their world having been rocked, for their friend and Messiah had been killed three days before. Their conversation was about the events of the past few days. These two were followers and no doubt, they were reasoning among themselves about the claims that Jesus made. These two disciples just heard today that some of the women went to the tomb and Jesus was gone. They thought He was the Messiah but then He was hanging on a cross. So now, there was confusion and sadness. The scripture says that Jesus drew Himself near to them and began to walk with them; they, not knowing it was He, began to tell Him the tumultuous and chaotic story of what happened. Jesus walked with them and began to marvel at their unbelief. He said to them, “"O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?" They failed to remember that the prophets had foretold that the messiah must suffer.

Jesus walked and fellowshipped with them for a time, and when they came to the town they begged Jesus to say with them. He did and they began to have dinner. When Jesus broke the bread and gave a blessing there eyes were opened and the recognized that it was Jesus the whole time. After that He vanished from them. Once they heard Jesus pray they immediately knew it was truly Him, and in that moment of understanding, said “we should have known, because our hearts burned when He spoke with us.”

We as Christ followers walk with Jesus on a daily basis. It should not be hard to recognize our Master’s voice when we hear it. Although, this world has many distractions and temptations that seem to draws us away from doing what we ought, we are walking testimonies of the power of God in this world. Are we so drawn away by the things of this world that we miss those times when Jesus is walking with us? Are we letting our hurts and disappointments keep us from the true blessings that are around us everyday. Do not let the junk from this world cloud your spiritual vision today.
Tomorrows Readings:
Old Testament: 1 Kings 12-13 New Testament Luke 24:36-53

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