Resurrection and New Life Day 7 – The Day Hope Arose
“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)
In our present world, big news is reported almost immediately. This section in Luke 24 is a remarkable view into how different the news flow was in the days of Christ! We read that as these two approached the village of Emmaus the day was nearly over; darkness was soon to overtake them. Therefore, Jesus had been risen from the dead for probably 10 hours or more. And they had no idea! The women had already been told those priceless words, “He is not here, but has risen” (Luke 24:6). Peter and John had already peered into the empty tomb. Jesus had already appeared to Mary Magdalene and to Peter. And here they were, walking on this road, filled with sorrow from dashed hopes.
But hope wasn’t lost and it wasn’t dashed. Hope walked the road by their side. Jesus was risen! Their encounter with Him brought the same reaction we still have today when we encounter Him in His Word: their hearts burned within them. When we spend time with the risen Savior, we will only want to spend more time with Him. As we meditate on and celebrate His resurrection today, let His presence light a fire in our hearts—a yearning to spend more time with our risen Lord.