The Secret of a burning heart

Updated: May 11, 2020

What does the Scripture mean by “burning heart” in Luke 24:32? At football games we speak of “getting fired up”. When we speak of “a burning heart”, we usually mean some kind of inner excitement and motivation and passion. Do you have a burning heart for the Lord? Do you have an inner drive to serve Him and glorify Him and witness for Him?

In Jeremiah 20:9, the prophet Jeremiah speaks of his heart that is burning and he cannot hold the message back; He has to speak forth the word of God.

After He rose from the dead, Jesus gave the greatest OT survey ever and interpreted the main meaning of the OT to the 2 disciples on the Emmaus road and to the 11 in the upper room in Luke chapter 24.

Please read the whole chapter of Luke 24, for context and understanding.

Overview Outline:

Luke 24:1-12 – The Empty Tomb

Luke 24:13-35 – Jesus’ Resurrection appearance to the 2 Disciples on the Emmaus Road

Luke 24:36-53 – Jesus’ Resurrection appearance to the 11 Disciples.

It is essential for me to note verse 39, “see My hands and feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” This is proof of Jesus’ bodily resurrection. He rose in the same body that He died in. He was not a ghost or spiritual resurrection. (As the cultic group, the Jehovah’s Witnesses teach.)

I just want to highlight these 3 sections as they relate to the idea of missions and preaching the gospel to all the nations.

Luke 24:25-27

25 And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 Then beginning withMoses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.

Luke 24:32

They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?”