HEART BURN

By: Mike Walker
From: November - December 2011
Found in: The Gospel of Grace
When Jesus met His closest followers after the resurrection, they didn’t recognize Him. But when Jesus reveals Himself something happens.

Mark 16:9-14 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. 10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. 12 After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. 13 And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. 14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. (KJV)

THEY COULD NOT BELIEVE

Here unfolds an incredible account of Jesus AFTER the resurrection and the state or the condition of His closest followers.  These were those who had followed Him day by day. They had seen the miracles, watched Him walk on the water and witnessed Him raising Lazarus from the dead. They were there when literally thousands of people were fed to the full with a little boy’s lunch.

Oh, the things they had seen and heard! They had even been given power by Jesus over sickness, disease and torment and sent out on short-term mission trips.  Jesus had told them that trouble was coming and He even told them where to meet Him.
32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. (KJV)  When the dust settles, meet me in Galilee.

Could it be that these people were so entrenched in religion even after being with Jesus for over three years?

Let’s take a closer look at some of this, because we can discover a very important truth. Why is it they could not believe?  Could it be that these people were so entrenched in religion even after being with Jesus for over three years? They were raised under the Law of Moses, but Jesus came with a new sound and the power of God flowed through Him.

They still did not know the amazing revelation of “Christ in you, the hope of glory!”  They knew Jesus as God outside of themselves - we know Him as God who lives inside of us!

They saw him fulfill the Law to the letter.  He had given them a glimpse of what was coming but they just couldn’t get a hold of it yet, because everything they saw was filtered through the eyes of the Law.
John 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

After the resurrection Jesus began to reveal Himself to them and they began to see Jesus without the veil of the flesh, without the veil of the Law and all the reasoning of their minds.  When we, too, meet Jesus, soon everything else begins to come into focus in our lives.

Let’s look at the account of the two disciples who met Him while travelling into the country.
Luke 24:13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.16 But their eyes were restrained that they should not know him. KJV

Faith should come by hearing, but sometimes it is clouded by circumstances and clouded by a religious mind that is trying to figure it all out.

These two had already heard that Jesus was alive by the report of Mary and the other women, but they didn’t believe.  Faith should come by hearing, but sometimes it is clouded by circumstances and clouded by a religious mind that is trying to figure it all out. Remember, the disciples had been told by Jesus to go to Galilee and meet Him, but instead they were mourning and weeping when the women came. 

As these men were headed on the seven and one-half mile journey home talking about the recent events, when they should have been headed for Galilee, Jesus joins them in the journey. But they don’t even know who He is. 

Many people in the world today don’t recognize who Jesus really is.  Christian churches are filled with people who know religion very well. But I wonder if Jesus were to join them in their journey, would they even know who He is? 

SEEING THE RISEN CHRIST

These disciples were all concerned about the terrible things they had seen, and Jesus, who was the main person in the drama says, “What things?” 
Luke 24:27-36 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. 28 Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 29 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.
30 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. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.

When they sat down to eat, Jesus begins to break bread and pass it around the table. He must have begun to look familiar - His mannerisms and how He handled Himself. Then suddenly they knew – He is alive!  He is risen!  It is all true!  The filter of the Law disappeared and the cloud of circumstance faded away!

32 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?”

We can never really understand the Old Covenant until we see the risen Christ!

They felt so alive while He talked with them and for the first time the Old Covenant began to truly make sense in their hearts. We can never really understand the Old Covenant until we see the risen Christ!  It was now dark, it was getting late, they had been through a very traumatic few days, and then travelled for seven and one-half miles to go home. But they didn’t even finish their meal.
33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

Hearts on fire! They couldn’t hold it in any longer but carried that fire for a three-hour walk back to Jerusalem. They had to go to where the others were. I can almost feel the beat of their hearts as they got closer to Jerusalem. They probably started running and shouting before they ever got there!

In Mark’s account of this, even when these two disciples came all the way back, filled with this revelation, they found the eleven and the others still gathered in sorrow, mourning, and unbelief. They did not believe. This was a tough group - a group bound in circumstances - seeing through the natural reality of the gentile mind. 

36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” (NKJ)  Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted!  Peace be to you.
Luke 24:37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 

They still did not believe! They didn’t believe Mary and they didn’t believe these two disciples. Now Jesus was standing right in front of them and they still did not believe!  They were blinded by the Law, blinded by fear, and blinded by the natural circumstances.
38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.  40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.

Jesus personally tells them “it is I Myself.” Handle me. Then He showed them His hands and feet where the nails had gone through, and still…
41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? (KJV)
Luke 24:42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. 43 And he took it, and did eat before them. 44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, KJV

It is time to meet the risen Savior, Jesus Christ! He paid the full price on the cross. He bore our sins, He bore our sickness; He became poor so that we can be blessed to be a blessing. He is our guide, and a friend who sticks closer than a brother. He has defeated all the powers of death and hell; He conquered so that we can become more than conquerors!  We always triumph in Christ Jesus! Not only is He risen, He is ascended and seated – far above all principality, power, dominion and might, and has raised us up to be seated together with Him in glory! 

By: Mike Walker

Rev. Walker along with his wife Jane set out to establish and build a strong local church in Post Falls, ID. Thus came the pioneering of Faith Tabernacle Church. Since that step of faith 23 years ago, this journey has seen them into over twenty countries.

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