Eastertide – Burning Hearts

Searching His Word
 Seeking His Heart

I think one of the most stirring stories of the resurrection was the incident with Cleopas and his friend. They bore the burden of seeing Jesus whipped and hanging on that cruel cross. Then came the long day of mourning on the Sabbath.

The following day, they heard the news from the women who had been to the tomb and their claim that two angels said Jesus was alive. But they, like the other men had trouble believing. It was just too much to take in.

 As they walked home to Emmaus, a stranger stopped them and asked what they were talking about. They blurted out their story of sadness and confusion. One statement they made resonated with the stranger.

“. . . we had hoped that he [Jesus] was going to redeem Israel.” Luke 24:21

The stranger was disturbed by this talk and reminded them of all that the prophets had spoken.

“Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. Luke 24:26-27

What a sermon that must have been!

When they went inside to eat, the stranger began to break bread and give thanks. They’re eyes were opened and they realized he was Jesus. Then he disappeared from their sight.

They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked to us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:32

That, my friends, is the very Scripture I thought of when the Lord called me to write.

I had been writing a few Bible studies, scripts, and skits, yet I kept having this nagging feeling that He wanted me to write more, but what? I heard sermons, read articles, or saw visuals that kept saying something about writing, but write what? One day as I drove on the expressway, I followed a car whose license plate said (I kid you not), “WRITE.”

Two months later, I sat in a small group session at a conference where the leader talked about the ways people move to another level with their ministries. She gave several life examples and then she shared about a friend who was a writer and told how the Lord called her to write a book. The more she talked the more convicted I felt. 

A fiery warmth began in my head, entered my chest, and flowed on through my body. It was as though the Lord took a branding iron and seared the word “Write” across my heart. I so identified with those two on the road to Emmaus. “Were our hearts not burning within us?”

Over several months, the Lord gave tiny steps in revealing the “what.”

Is there a word in Scripture that He wants to burn into your heart or a task He’s calling you to do? Open your mind and heart.

~ Joyce ~

 

 

 

Easter – Heart Warming Joy!

Searching His Word   Seeking His Heart

Searching His Word
Seeking His Heart

What? Are we still on Easter? I thought that was last Sunday. No, friends, the reality of the resurrection stays with us—always.

I could choose from many resurrection scenes: Mary Magdalene hearing Jesus call her name, the women at the tomb, Peter and John running to find the tomb empty, or Jesus’ appearance to the disciples in the upper room.

But my favorite scene is Jesus’ hidden appearance to the two on the road to Emmaus. So, we will leave Matthew’s point of view and turn to “the two.”

Cleopas and his traveling companion (maybe a wife or other relative) were on their way home from Jerusalem where they had been with the disciples and other followers of Jesus. These believers were frustrated, fearful for their own lives, disappointed, sorrowful, guilty—anything but joyful.

In this mood, the two began their seven-mile walk back to their home. Part way, they were joined by a stranger who didn’t seem to know what had been going on in Jerusalem, so they explained. Little did they realize that they were speaking with the resurrected Lord!

When Jesus heard them say,

“…we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.” Luke 24:21

Jesus said to them, “How foolish you are and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken. Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” Luke 24:25

Jesus began a five-mile, Old Testament  teaching session to help them put everything together so they could see how fulfillment had indeed come through Him.

When they arrived at their home, they urged Him to stay with them. Their eyes were opened when Jesus began to break and bless the bread. Was it the way He did it? Did they see the scars from the nails? Was there something about His eyes or His tone that suddenly made Him recognizable? We don’t know. We are just told that they recognized Him and then he simply disappeared.

May I add what I imagine they said next?

“Did you see what I saw?”

“Yes, can you believe it was the Lord Himself?”

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?” Luke 24:32

They were too excited to wait until morning to share this great news. They headed right back to Jerusalem to tell the disciples.

My question to you is, when has the Lord opened your eyes with His Scripture and revealed Himself in such a powerful way that you could say, “Didn’t my heart burn within me?”

Did your heart burn within you this past resurrection morning while you listened to the music or sang His praises or took in the message or contemplated once again the redemptive work of the cross and the power of His resurrection which paves the way for your own resurrection into His divine presence?

Next week, I will share personal experiences when “my heart burned within me.”

~ Joyce ~