Emmaus Heart Burn

When Jesus unlocks your understanding and opens your eyes to see him in an experience or situation, it moves in you in a powerful way. Two disciples’ hearts ‘burned within them’ while Jesus shared with them on the road to Emmaus…

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.
Luke 24:13-35

Today’s scripture is longer than usual for us, yet the story is a great illustration of the power of spending time with Jesus. These followers of the Lord were walking along discussing the life and death of Jesus. It was Sunday, the day Jesus rose.

We can see that Jesus hides his identity to them, perhaps through some disguise of appearance and voice, or simply by closing their eyes to who he is. They explain to Jesus who he was. Prophet, powerful, handed over to be sentenced to death, crucified… Jesus had been their hope for redemption (from Roman rule).

They were confused because of the news from the women at the empty tomb. Jesus confronted their confusion. “How foolish you are and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken!” The life and death and resurrection of Jesus, he told them, was predicted by the prophets. They couldn’t get enough of Jesus’ teaching, and so they asked him to stay and eat with them.

As we can see, Jesus opened their eyes during the meal and promptly disappeared. Their hearts burned within them while Jesus shared with them on the road and at their meal. He opened up the scriptures for them in a way no one had ever done.

Have you had your heart burn as you spend time with the Lord? When Jesus unlocks your understanding and opens your eyes to see him in an experience or situation, doesn’t it move in you in a powerful way?

We can see the teaching of Jesus regarding the prophets and how the story of Israel leads to the incarnation, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. These principles are explained by Paul in Romans and Ephesians and Colossians and so clearly in the letter to the Hebrews. Our hearts will burn when we spend time with Jesus receiving these truths.

This is the best kind of heart burn!!


Marc Kinna


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