Did not our heart burn within us: going from sad to glad

And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the Scriptures? Luke 24:32

This verse is part of the passage where the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ walked and talked with some disciples on the road to Emmaus. Back in verse 17, Jesus noticed they were so sad and asked them what they were discussing. But then, in verse 32, we see that their sadness was gone and their hearts were now burning. This burning was a result of Jesus opening the scriptures. However, notice that it wasn’t just any preaching that turned the sadness to gladness. Look at verse 27:

And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:27

Jesus didn’t use the scriptures to preach to them how to take the best attributes of characters from the Old Testament and exhort the disciples to copy them. He didn’t tell them to dare to be a Daniel. He didn’t tell them to be like David and slay the giants in their lives. He didn’t preach to them prosperity or happiness. He didn’t even preach to them how to have successful marriages or how to raise godly children. What did he preach to them from the scriptures? He expounded unto them in all – let me repeat – all the scriptures the things concerning himself. That means that all the scriptures are about Christ and God’s redemption of man. Everything in scripture relates to that. Want to turn sadness to gladness? Preach Christ and him crucified. Show how every passage relates to the redemption of mankind.

We don’t need to hear how God wants to give us things to show God’s love to us. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Do you want to tell people how God loves them? Tell them about Christ and how God wondrously provided the redemption for them. Preach Christ in all the scriptures. Hearts will burn.

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One Response to “Did not our heart burn within us: going from sad to glad”

  1. You are absolutely right! Victory comes from seeing Christ in the Scriptures, from learning what God can do and will do in our lives, and in keeping our eyes upon Him.

    Isaiah 28:9-13 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

    Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

    The rest and the refreshing come from digging into the Scriptures and seeing the Lord Jesus Christ – our foundation, our precious corner stone – all the way through them.

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