The traditional Gospel story for the Sunday after Easter is the walk to Emmaus, told in the middle verses of Luke 24. In that story, a couple of people who had placed their hope in Jesus for the rescue of Jerusalem were walking home from that city, not having heard of the resurrection of Jesus.
Jesus appears, walking beside them, though they don’t recognize him. They’re talking about the events of the weekend, and Jesus acts as though he doesn’t know what they’re talking about. But as time goes on, he explains how the Bible predicted that the Messiah would rise from the dead.
He makes like he’s going beyond Emmaus, but his fellow travellers, upon reaching home, invite him to stay. He sits at table with them, and all at once, the guest becomes the Host, because he breaks the bread – and in that moment, they recognized Jesus! And he disappeared from their sight.
With that, they abandoned their supper and high-tailed it back to Jerusalem to find out about the resurrection of Jesus. And one remarked to the 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, NLT).
Have you ever experienced that kind of heartburn? Have you felt that passion for God and his Word as you read the Scriptures, or hear them explained?
The Lord invites that passion to erupt within you. It’s part of how we become mature followers of Christ.
(By the way, I’m preaching a series right now called “Epidemic in the Church”, that deals with the characteristics of Jesus that we can emulate in order to become spiritually mature. You’re welcome to join us live, in person or online, any Sunday morning at 10, or catch up on past messages via our YouTube channel.)
Here’s hoping you’ll get that heartburn that no antacid can quell!