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Our Hearts Burned

Luke 24:32 (ESV) -- 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?”

Have you ever heard preaching that you didn’t want to stop? Or maybe you’ve been in an environment where you are learning and you are enthralled as you listen. This experience is amazing because our hearts and minds are engaged in something that is bringing us joy and life. This was the regular experience of those who heard Jesus’ teaching. It was said throughout the Gospels that people marveled at the wisdom and authority that accompanied His teaching. 

Our passage today shows us this experience happening with two men after Jesus resurrection. Jesus joins two men walking on the road talking about the events of His death and resurrection. But they have no idea it is actually Jesus walking with them. They explain to Him everything that happened over the past few days. Then Jesus accompanies them to a home where He opens the Scriptures to them and goes through the Old Testament showing them all the things concerning Himself (the Christ). 

Then their eyes were opened, and they realized it was Him. At that moment, Jesus was gone. We then read their response, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” They had the experience! They were learning from the Master Himself. He showed how the Scriptures were always clear about Him. He was able to open their eyes and hearts to it.

This reminds us that God’s Word is alive and active. When properly taught and understood, it resonates with our hearts because our hearts are made by God, and for God. These men experienced what many still experience today. But many do not. We should yearn for all to know the experience of having the truth laid open to them and their eyes opened to these wonderful realities. We need Jesus to give us eyes to see and hearts to feel the joy of the truth. The truth always opens our eyes to the glories of Christ, and our hearts should love those things. May they burn within us.

Reflection & Journal:

- What does it mean that Jesus opened up the Scriptures to them?

- In light of this passage, why is it important that we have good Bible teachers?

- What role do we have or play in the work of Scripture burning in our hearts?

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