They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32 NIV)
It’s good news.
What Luke has been outlining for 24 chapters is good news. Good news that the Messiah promised in history has arrived. Good news that those in captivity are set free, those who are impoverished are enriched by the presence of the King, those were blind have recovered their sight, the hungry are fed, the thirsty receive drink, the lonely are comforted, the disengaged are integrated into loving community, the sick are healed, sins are forgiven. This is good news.
This good news is headlined by the glorious news that Jesus crucified has risen from the dead – just like he said he would. Not just any return to life, but an ultimate victory over death itself. Alive and conquering, his first appearance is on a road trip which he uses to illuminate scripture. It’s one thing to read it, it’s another thing to have the truth illuminated.
As we read again the amazing good news of Jesus let’s hope we experience that good heart burn from the illumination from Jesus by his Spirit, so we won’t just read words and have good feelings, but see the risen Christ and have a burning desire to share the good news with others.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden