Got Heart Burn? Part 3

Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them. Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
— Luke 24:28-31 NKJV

Jesus is a gentleman. He will not force His way into your life. He will not force His love. Here the Bible is saying to us that…

Jesus Became known to them When He was Invited In

A lot of us are just comfortable being around Jesus. Singing about Jesus. Talking about Jesus or knowing a lot of facts about Jesus. But I ask you, how many of us have truly invited Him in? I remember when I finally invited Him in. I was already baptized at 12 years old. I was raised in a Christian Adventist home. I believed our message. But I hadn’t yet connected them to my walk with Jesus personally. I knew a lot about Jesus, but I needed to know Him for myself.  It wasn’t until I was in college that I decided to pick up my Bible and start a Bible reading plan. Then I picked up the book the Desire of Ages and read it through with the Gospels. I can testify today, that I came to know Jesus Christ and the love of God for me through reading my Bible through in a year and The Desire of Ages. I have never been the same since I invited Jesus in.

These two disciples invited Jesus in. They felt drawn to Him and wanted to hear more from Him. The Bible says, “they constrained Him, saying, Abide with us…” 

I looked up the word constrained.  It means:

  • to force, compel, or oblige.
  • to confine forcibly, as by bonds.
  • to repress or restrain

They practically begged Jesus to stay with them. Then the Bible says, “He went in to stay with them.” This is such a beautiful picture of Jesus. It has always been His desire to abide with us. The Apostle John records the words of Jesus in his Gospel, “Abide in Me, and I in you.” Again he echoes the desire of Jesus in the Book of Revelation, when Jesus says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Rev. 3:20.

It wasn’t until they had invited Him in that He became known to them in the breaking of bread. Can you image what these disciples would have missed out on if they did not urge Christ to stay with them! Ellen says in Desire of Ages, “Had the disciples failed to press their invitation, they would not have known that their traveling companion was the risen Lord. Christ never forces His company upon anyone. He interests Himself in those who need Him. Gladly will He enter the humblest home, and cheer the lowliest heart. But if men are too indifferent to think of the heavenly Guest, or ask Him to abide with them, He passes on. Thus many meet with great loss. They do not know Christ any more than did the disciples as He walked with them by the way.”  {DA 800.3}  

So what is the result of this encounter with the risen Lord?

And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”
— Luke 24:32 NKJV

They had a personal encounter with Jesus that focused on the expounding of the scriptures in “the things concerning Himself.” Friends,  do you have heart burn? Is your heart stirred by the love of God as revealed in Christ?  Jeremiah said, “His word was in my heart like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not.” Jer. 20:9And apparently Cleopas and his companion could not hold it back either. Their hearts where burning with a passion for Jesus and they had to share the good news! Look what happens in Luke 24:33-35 "So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread. 

It was encounters with Jesus, like this one, that burned the hearts of the disciples and launched the first century church! It was an encounter with Jesus and a passion for the Bible that set the hearts of the Advent pioneers ablaze and launched a worldwide movement! And it was an encounter with Jesus that set my heart on fire and is the reason I am writing this to you today! And I declare to you today, that all Jesus needs are some people  that are willing to become fully committed followers of Jesus Christ and God will set the world ablaze with His glory! Friends, Christ is calling you right now into a heart burning experience with Him.  I don’t know what you might be going through right now. Your life may be full of pain and disappointment. But today Jesus says to you, “I will draw near, even when your present situation seems unclear.” Jesus will come close. He will walk with you. He will listen to what you have to say. Then He will point you to His word and expound unto you the things concerning Himself. Then something amazing will happen. You heart will burn with a love and passion for Jesus. But first you have to invite Him in.

I recommend you start the journey here. I am happy to take it with you...