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? Luke 24:32
Sometimes you need a change of perspective to hear what God is saying. Here two guys met Jesus on the road to Emmaus after the resurrection. He walked with them but they didn’t recognize Him. He asked them a question and they replied, You must be the only one in Jerusalem who doesn’t know about these things. That must have seemed ironic when they thought about it later. They thought they were going to enlighten the stranger but they were in line for the surprise of their lives.
Jesus, in resurrected form, walked with them but was hidden to them. He explained the scriptures from Moses through the prophets. They had observed the events but they didn’t understand what was truly happening and how it fulfilled prophecy. As they listened to the scriptures their hearts began to burn. It started to make sense. They put the pieces together and the more they learned the more they wanted to learn.
When they got to where they were going it appeared that Jesus was going to keep on walking but they implored Him to stay and eat so they could continue the conversation. In the process of breaking bread Jesus revealed Himself to them. They were so excited they did a U-turn on their journey and returned to Jerusalem that same night. They had to tell the others the life-giving news that Jesus was the risen Messiah! Can you imagine? They were some of the first to see the risen Savior!
How long has it been since your heart burned within you as you discussed the scriptures? The burn began because they were willing to talk about their faith with a stranger. It is amazing what can happen when you give God a chance to show up in your conversation. Remember when you bring the word of God up in a conversation it is a living word. If you give God a chance it is an opportunity to watch truth reveal itself. It can change the perspective of everyone in the conversation. When is the last time this happened for you? Has it been too long?
Why is it that we pray for opportunities to share Christ with others and then talk about things like the weather, traffic and everything but the scriptures? The Bible promises God’s word never returns void but it accomplishes God’s purpose so why don’t we talk more about it? When we do it is powerful and life changing for us and our circle of friends just like it was for these disciples.
Will you commit to study God’s Word not just for yourself but also for those with whom you will cross paths? When you get into conversations will you bring up God’s word? Will you invite the Holy Spirit to speak to you and through you?
If you do you might just feel your heart burning with new passion and insight. You might experience the Holy Spirit giving you new insight even as you talk. And you might find yourself breathless later as you tell your friends about how Jesus showed up in the conversation.
Lord, meet us today as we study the scriptures. Make them come alive in us and give us the courage to share them with others. Show up in those conversations and make the truth burn with us. Thank you.