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Burning Hearts

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In our text this morning, there are two men walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus. They are talking along their way, and they are missing one key ingredient to the story.
Kind of the this doctor:
1001 Illustrations that Connect Illustration 12: Multiplying Confusion

Three old men went to the doctor for a memory test. The doctor asked the first old man, “What is one plus one?”

“Two hundred seventy-four,” he said.

The doctor asked the same question of the second man, “What is one plus one?”

“Tuesday,” he said.

The doctor tried the third man, “What’s one plus one?”

“Two,” said the third man.

“That’s great!” said the doctor. “How did you get that?”

“Simple,” said the third man. “I subtracted 274 from Tuesday.”

In our text this morning, there are two men walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus. They are talking along their way, and they are missing one key ingredient to the story.
These two guys are discouraged, ignorant of the facts, filled with doubt, and certainly confused. Hear me, it is not that they did not believe the Scriptures, but their understanding of the Scripture was deficient. That is a dangerous place to be. So Jesus is going enlighten them to the truth.
Disappointment, doubt, disillusionment, defeat, discouragement, despair, death…It’s all about how these two guys were feeling.
Similar to the Aggie who was learning to parachute. The instructor barked out orders (1) Jump when your told (2)Count to ten, then pull the ripcord. (3) If the first chute does not open, pull the second ripcord. (4) When you land, a truck will pick you up and take you back to the airport.
The Aggie jumped, counted to 10, pulled the first cord, nothing. Pulled the second cord, nothing. Then said to himself, “oh great, I bet the truck won’t be waiting for us either.”
Don’t let life, or culture, or the changing times pull you away from the TRUTH! Even if there is the slightest little flicker for Jesus, He will quickly set your heart on fire!
v 13 - Still the first day of the week, these two disciples are going home to Emmaus after having been with the disciple band in Jerusalem.
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v 14 - They had one topic of conversation - the events of the day.
15-16 - Their conversation is interrupted by a new traveler. Jesus.
He joins the pair on the way to Emmaus.
Verse 16 - They were kept from recognizing Him.
It was God that kept them from recognizing Jesus. That allows Jesus to teach the necessity of His death and resurrection and to show how this was the fulfillment of scripture.
V 17 - What are you talking about?
Their response is captured not by words but body language. They LOOK sad…standing still…stunned that this new visitor does not know what has happened in Jerusalem.
Disappointment, doubt, disillusionment, defeat, discouragement, despair, death…It’s all about how these two guys were feeling.
Stunned by the question, Cleopas responds...
Where have you been man? Everyone knows about this...
The death and crucifixion of Jesus are historical fact. It is not a fairy tale. It is there in the records of history. It was not a secret what had happened.
v 19 - Naturally Jesus uses this as a prompt…What things?
v 19 - 24 - Cleopas correctly identifies the main character in the story…Jesus of Nazareth....Here is the description:
A prophet - Check - we see Him called a prophet often in the gospels. Jesus uses that term of himself.
Powerful in deed and word - ,
Acts 1:1 ESV
In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach,
Acts 2:22 ESV
“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—
Before God - Jesus was approved by God
Before all the people
V 20 - They lay the blame for the crucifixion at the feet of the chief priest and rulers. They handed him over to be sentenced to death.
V 21 - His death ended the hopes of the people. They possessed a political understanding rather than a biblical understanding of how the Christ would redeem Israel.
For them, redemption meant Israel’s freedom from Rome.
They tied that back to what happened to Israel in the OT when God freed them from Egypt and redeemed His people from slavery. It is the very same word.
For Luke, Jesus did in fact redeem Israel and brought with Him the Kingdom of God!
It is Christ who sets us free, redeems us! ()
Acts 7:35 ESV
“This Moses, whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’—this man God sent as both ruler and redeemer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush.
What is more…its the third day.
V 22-23 - Some of the women’s stories amazed us. These two guys did not believe the testimony of the women. Looking back they were amazed, but the truth had not clicked…that fire is still just a flickering ember.
V 24 - Some others went to the tomb and found it empty, but they did not see Him.
Stories of resurrection, but no Jesus. No resurrection sightings. What do they do? What could one think? Believe?
Here, Jesus begins to work on their hearts. He had heard enough.
They are foolish because the evidence is before them…and yet they will not believe.
Have you ever been involved in a conversation and you were telling everything you know, and everything you think you know, and you are certain you know what you are talking about, only later to find out it is one of those moments you open your mouth and insert your foot because you really didn’t know what you were talking about?
Kind of like these three guys:
1001 Illustrations that Connect Illustration 12: Multiplying Confusion

Three old men went to the doctor for a memory test. The doctor asked the first old man, “What is one plus one?”

“Two hundred seventy-four,” he said.

The doctor asked the same question of the second man, “What is one plus one?”

“Tuesday,” he said.

The doctor tried the third man, “What’s one plus one?”

“Two,” said the third man.

“That’s great!” said the doctor. “How did you get that?”

“Simple,” said the third man. “I subtracted 274 from Tuesday.”

These two had not placed the evidence they had against the greatest source of knowledge they had, the Scriptures.
Verse 25-27 - Jesus because the teach them from the scriptures
They had it all backwards…first set up your earthly kingdom before he died…But Jesus saw things differently. He knew of the suffering servant of . He knew .
So Jesus begins to teach them from the scriptures
The problem these two guys had was not that they were slow thinkers or unable to reason, but the REAL PROBLEM WAS IN THEIR HEARTS!
THEY WERE STILL COLD TO THE TRUTH OF GOD.
I would have loved to have been there to hear the Son of God teach the Word of God!
Verse 28-32 - This is One life-changing moment
The key moment here is in verse 30 and 31.
This is most likely not the Lord’s supper here, but the similarities are striking.
He takes the bread, blessed it, and broke it and gave it.
This is the exact moment when God wanted Jesus to be recognized.
Friends, the teaching of the scriptures and the fellowship of the breaking of bread, the two disciples come to understanding…this is Jesus!
They now have the certainty of Jesus’ resurrection! He Is Alive!
As just as soon as they recognize Him, He is gone.
Verse 32 - Were not our hearts burning within us as He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the Scriptures?
Does God’s Word do that for you? Does it light a fire in your heart? Does it stir your heart? Does bother or disturb your mind in a good way?
Their grief, disappointment, poor perspective of the truth, doubt had blinded them to the truth!
It blinded them from the very moment of what God was doing!
Resurrection Faith was more than just physical sight and presence…it was a heart issue…spiritual presence and sight.
Jesus would tell Thomas the same thing… “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
They knew something was happening…just not until they broke bread when God revealed it.
But the story doesn’t stop there...
They got up and went back to Jerusalem in the dark.
They were so concerned about stopping earlier…now they can’t wait to get back!
Their story was not unique...
They added their story to the rest of the stories…and they emphasized that recognition only came in the breaking of the bread.
This morning, as we break bread together, and drink from the cup of the new covenant, may this stoke the glowing embers of your heart to a glorious blaze! Church, we need to be a church with burning hearts inside us!
They went to tell the others…Let your burning heart shine before man! Let your burning hearts show the risen Christ! Let your burning hearts shine for all to see!
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