Imagine being taught the scriptures by Jesus himself. I think the scriptures are pretty powerful just from reading them by myself. But I have also been lucky enough to have heard some great preaching in my church. I have also been blessed to meet some wonderfully wise and spiritually gifted people who have opened up the scriptures for me in ways I may never have seen on my own. What I am coming to realise is that perhaps I have had the scriptures explained to me by Jesus himself. The key to this is in Luke 24:32:
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?”.
It was only when they recognised that Jesus had been with them that they remembered their hearts burning within them as he taught them on the road to Emmaus.
Luke 24:25-34 NLT
Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on, but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them. As they sat down to eat, he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them. Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared! 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?” And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter. ”
I am sure I have had the experience of my “heart burning with in me” on a few occasions when a preacher has moved me by his words into action. I know I wouldn’t be writing and sharing this with you today had my heart not once burned with in me. So we may never recognise him when we see Jesus among us, but it is possible to recognise the voice of Jesus among us. My goal is to find Jesus throughout the scriptures. I want to hear his voice in all that I read and all that I hear preached. Perhaps one day, I might even speak for Jesus myself.
Judges 9:22-10:18, Luke 24:13-53, Psalms 100:1-5, Proverbs 14:11-12