They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32 ESV)
As Jesus walked with them on the road, unrecognized, they explained how their hopes in Jesus being the messiah were dashed by his death. Still unrecognized, Jesus began to explain from all of the Old Testament the things concerning himself. It was though a true understanding of the Scriptures had been hidden from their eyes, just as Jesus himself was as they talked. The key is Jesus! This is true is more ways than one. It is true in the sense that all of Scripture points us to Jesus. Until we see him as the seed of the woman that will crush the head of the serpent as his own heal is crushed, the son of Abraham that would be truly sacrificed by His father, the prophet like Moses that will lead the people into the true Promised land, the coming Kingdom in the new heavens and new earth, the unblemished lambs that are sacrificed for the people, the temple that mediates God’s presence, the king that will conquer his and our enemies, the prince of peace that will usher in shalom, rule with wisdom, and bless the nations, then we will remain in the dark as to Scripture’s true meaning.
Jesus is also the key to understanding as we must hear it from Him as these disciples did. “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” This is still true today. Jesus commissioned his disciples, which includes his followers today, to go and tell of his good news. As they go, he will be with them. Paul explains in Romans 10, “And how are they to believe in him whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? (Romans 10:14)” We hear Jesus through the preached word!
Lord, would you open my ears to hear Jesus that my heart my burn! And will you put him on my lips that I might preach Christ to an otherwise dark world. Today, will you give me opportunity to share Christ with someone needing to hear.