The Prophet Speaks
“The Resurrected Christ Still Warms Cold Hearts”
By: Pastor Milton Coats
Luke 24:32 says “And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” When the heart grows cold, it is because we have drifted away from, and not that God has moved. If we are walking close to Jesus and He’s speaking His word into our life, there will be fire. During this resurrection season, someone ought to tell God if He’ll provide the fire, you’ll provide the sacrifice.
The events in this 24th chapter takes place late evening on the first resurrection Sunday. The city of Jerusalem and the surrounding regions are astir concerning the reported finding of a certain woman at the tomb of Jesus early that morning. (Luke 24:1-12). The stone of Jesus’ sepulchre has been rolled away and his body was missing. Late that evening, two of his disciples Cleophas and another were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus about seven miles. They were discussing the recent events when they were joined by a stranger whom they did not recognize as Jesus. This stranger having joined these two disciples asked what manner of communication are these that they had between them as they walked and are sad. They related the recent chain of events. Continuing on the journey the stranger explained from an Old Testament perspective, let those things pertaining to Christ had to be.
Upon arrival at the destination the stranger was invited in to break bread with them. It was through the breaking of bread that they realized this stranger was Jesus. Thus their reply; did not our heart burn within us as He talked with us by the way.
If Jesus is speaking to your life, then there is a fire. The word of God is a fire. (Jeremiah 23:29) Jeremiah declared the word of God was a fire shut up in his bone. (Jeremiah 20:9) Not only is God’s word a fire, our God is a fire. Hebrews 12:29 says “Our God is a consuming fire.” Ezekiel 1:27 reveals our God is a fire from the loins upward and a fire from the loins downwards. When John on the isle of Patmos encountered the resurrected Christ in Revelation 1:14, his eyes were like flames of fire. So, this Resurrection season, let’s allow the resurrected Christ who warms cold hearts to stir the coals in our lives, that our hearts will burn within us so that we will be on fire for God!
Happy Resurrection Sunday!