“Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked to us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24: 32
It was an incomparable lecture on Biblical Theology. The subject was historical survey of Christology in the Old Testament, right from Moses down to all the prophets, spanning a thousand years. The students were two men, one of them identified as Cleopas (Luke 24: 18). They were dejected by the recent happenings in Jerusalem. They could not figure out how a man whom they thought as the ‘redeemer of Israel’ failed in the hands of the Romans and die a death of a criminal. Well, the lecture was not held on any class room but while they were walking down the road leading to Emmaus. The teacher was the greatest teacher of mankind – Jesus.
Luke does not give us the content of the lecture but only the impact it had on the hearers. The effect of it was overwhelming. The students were not willing to part with the teacher. They want him to be around. He clarified their doubts. He spoke with clarity and authority. He strangely spoke about the very things which he claimed ignorance about when they met at the beginning. The explanations he gave from the scripture about the recent events which happened in Jerusalem were thorough and systematic. And at the end of the day they could marvel and say, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked to us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24: 32).
While Jesus was explaining the Scripture, they were strangely warmed in their heart. It was not just rational arguments and explanation, which satisfies the curiosity of the mind. But it was something more than that – a warm feeling of comfort and assurance that whatever was told is inexplicability true and acceptable. We don’t see them argue with Jesus but rather silently asking Him to stay back with them. Then Jesus revealed himself to them while at the Table. They ran back to Jerusalem and told the good news.
It is this feeling of the warmth which embraces our hearts when the scripture comes alive in our lives. It is this heavenly and supernatural warmth which comforts us when Scripture talks into our confusion. It is this surreal glow which makes us realise that the words of the Scripture are not just the words of a history book, but rather a book with life which directly talks to our lives and our circumstances.
In the moment of unbelief and confusion, when things are getting bad to worse, we come to this scripture and when it is opened, our hearts are strangely warmed. That warmth never dies. It spreads in our hearts like the heat of the fire in the coldest night and reassures us that God is there and He is in control. This blog is about opening the scriptures through meditation and tuning our hearts to feel that warmth.