And He (Jesus) disappeared from their sight. 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? They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. (Luke 24:31b-33a)
My sister and sister-in-law follow my blog regularly. They know my heart for Jesus, and I can’t express how much it means to me. I want to know the hearts of my readers so I can better help meet their needs and connect them with the heart of Jesus through the Scriptures I write about.
While reading Scripture, we learn the heart and unconditional love of Jesus. We know Him intimately even though we don’t see Him. But there’s more to Jesus than His teachings, love and humanity because He shares a spirit with God. It was the Holy Spirit that made Cleopas’s heart (and hopefully ours) burn on the road to Emmaus. And it was both knowledge of the Scripture and the warmth of the Holy Spirit burning within him that made Cleopas want to surrender his bread and then his life to Jesus. The Holy Spirit comforts us, gives us power, prays for us when we don’t know what to pray, and makes our hearts burn. When Jesus went to heaven permanently, He sent His Holy Spirit to be with us. Without Jesus or His Spirit, it took Cleopas and us all day to trudge from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Now, with the power and excitement of the Holy Spirit, we return to Jerusalem at once.
When our hearts burn with the Holy Spirit, we know Jesus is in us.
Dearest Heavenly Father, let me burn with the power and love of Your Holy Spirit to carry on Your work with excitement. Help my heart become more like the heart of Jesus and be sensitive to the hearts of others. In His name I pray, amen.