Didn't Our Hearts Burn Within Us
By Gary Anderson | 5/12/2020

One of the more fascinating parts of Scripture comes from Luke 24:13-34 where the two disciples were walking along on the road to Emmaus discussing what had just happened to Jesus in the three previous days. Jesus came and walked alongside of them but his identity was concealed from them. He inquired as to what they were talking about and their response was one of the funniest quotes that I’ve come across in the Bible. “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.”  Then Jesus, obviously knowing what they were talking about asked, “What things?” This was a brilliant response that helped the two disciples uncover some of the things that they didn’t understand about the Messiah. So Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

What an amazing account of the Master Teacher, teaching these disciples the Scriptures and helping bring understanding to their questions. Later in that passage, Jesus revealed his identity to the disciples and after leaving them, something clicked. They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?”

That’s what I’m talking about! Do you wish that you had someone who could help you understand the Bible better? God promises his Holy Spirit to believers. 

John 14:26 (NLT)
 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

He has this way of teaching us and reminding us of all the things necessary for living out our faith in life. As we read the Bible, God will be our teacher and He speaks to us by leading us to live out his Word. Don’t think that it's a coincidence when a verse keeps coming to mind. Or when you turn on the car radio and they are talking about the same verse that you were just reading in your Bible. You get that, “burning in your heart,” feeling. That is the Holy Spirit teaching you and reminding you of the truth of Scripture. 

You may also at times, had a person in your life who seemed to know the Bible better than you. Someone who was able to teach you things that you didn’t know were in the Bible and to help you grow in your faith. God has brought us together as the church for exactly that purpose. To lead as many people as possible into a growing relationship with Christ. If you don’t currently have someone in your life that is helping you grow in your faith, consider joining one of our small groups. We have about a dozen small groups where 8-12 people meet to connect with one another and study the Bible together in a safe environment where we can get our questions answered. I am currently leading 2-3 groups per week (online for now) where we have a lot of fun together learning more about God. If you’d like to get involved in something like this, reply in the comments or email me at garytheyouthpastor@gmail.com and I’d love to help you get plugged in to one of these.

But for now, try to set aside a regular time to read your Bible, and you’ll be amazed at all of the things that the Holy Spirit will teach you.

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