Think, Act, Be, Day 2- Luke 24:47-29


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Think, Act, Be, Day 2- Luke 24:47-29

Were not our heart(s) burning with us….

In Luke 24:32, Jesus helps disciples dealing with unbelief. After his resurrection, he appears to them on the road in the midst of their grief. He interprets the scriptures for the disciples, and their heart (singular in the Greek language) burns within them.

Something happens to the disciples when our resurrected Lord comes from behind them on the road to Emmaus. He brings them together while he reveals himself to them. Belief in the resurrected Jesus makes us friends. He creates community out of a time of death, grief, and loss. He sits at the table with us, and reenacts communion with the breaking of the bread. He shares fish with us reminding us that we are to be “fishers of men.” He appears to us to make us witnesses of these things.

When we’re on the journey of belief, we need resurrection friends to share a meal and learn together. Watch out, Jesus will catch up to you when you least expect him.

27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

28 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29 But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33 That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34 They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

36 While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37 They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate in their presence.

44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46 and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”