The Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience

(LukeThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... » 24:13-35)

By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.

Eagle Rock Lutheran Church“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... »

Los AngelesCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... », Ca“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... »

May 04, 2014, (3rd Sunday of Easter“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... »)

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Introduction

Have you heard the phrase “strange heartwarming experience” of JohnThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » WesleyThe Genesis of Wesley Divinity School. Read more ... »?

Wesley was the founder of MethodismThe Indigenous Principles: A Missiological Contribution to the Philippine Methodist Autonomous Movement. Read more ... », and Methodism brought millions of people to ChristGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... ». John WesleyThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... » did not start as a powerful ChristianI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » leader. He was just a regular Christian like us, although he entered the pastorate like his father“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... ».

He was zealous in his religionThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... », but later on like a candleThe Gospel According to Simeon. Read more ... » he experienced burnt out in his religion. He was in despair and wanted to quit preaching, but one day, he had a “born againThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »” experience.

In his journal, Wesley wrote the following, “In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the changeTunay na Pagbabago: Buhay na Patotoo, Sandata sa Paghayo. Read more ... » which GodCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » works in the heartThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » through faithI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trustHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » in Christ, Christ alone, for salvationThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... »; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sinsNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... », even mine, and saved me from the lawCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » of sin and deathLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... ».”

As timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » went on, Wesley was mightily used of the LordCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » to reform his country, England. His converts became a national forceHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... ». Wesley rode thousands of miles (as many as 20,000 a year) preaching the gospelThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... » to all who would listenThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... ». He acted “as though he were out of breath in pursuit of souls.”

Wherever he preached, lives changed and manners and morals altered for the better. It is often conjectured that his preaching helped spare England the kind of revolution that occurred in FranceHis Master Asks This Man, His Answer Triggers the Opening of Big Secret. Read more ... » (christianityThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... ».com, ccel.org).

The popular “heart strangely warming” experience of John Wesley was also felt by the two disciplesThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » in our passage (Luke 24:32)–an unknown discipleThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » and Cleopas or Alphaeus. John Gill says, he was one of the seventy disciples, and father of the Apostles“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » JamesThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » and Jude, and brother to JosephThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... », the husband613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » of MaryThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... », the motherA Poem for all Mothers. Read more ... » of Christ (John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire BibleThe King Who Authorized KJV Bible Was a Freemason. Read more ... »).

In our passage, while the two disciples were walkingA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » towards the village Emmaus, JesusThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » did butt in to join in their walkA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... », and talk. While they were talking the two disciples felt their heartsThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » strangely warmed (Wesley) or their hearts were burning (Two disciples).

They felt . . .

I. Heart Burning While Walking With Jesus.

1. The two disciples were blinded from knowing Jesus. The RSV says, “Their eyes were kept from recognizing him (Jesus).” Although they were blinded from recognition, they did feel the heart-warming experience while they were walking on the wayThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... » to Emmaus.walking with Jesus

When was the last time that we felt the presenceHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » of Jesus when we were walking? Do we feel God’s presence when we are dealing with our fellow workersThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... », fellow students, familyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » members and friends? Or do we lightIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » up the presence of God when we are dealing with people? Do they see in our values and actions the presence of God?

Long time ago, when I was evangelizing the communities in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija in the PhilippinesProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... », I have had this feeling of “heartwarming.” One time I told to young people about my strange feelings that when I did feel the heart warming, I knew that a lot of audience in our outreach Bible studies, and when I didn’t feel it, I was so sure that our Bible study had few attendance. Since my young people knew it, every time we went to our outreach they did ask me if we were going to meet a lot of people or not. You might say it’s weird, but I knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » it was “strange heartwarming.” It was heartwarming experience when I was working with Lord through evangelismJesus’ Strategy of Evangelism. Read more ... ».

Do we feel the presence of God when we are serving our churchProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... »? When we are inside the church listeningGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » to God’s messageDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... »? When we listen to musicA Caregiver Wows Israel's X Factor; UK Wows For This Pinoy. Read more ... » and songsThe World Sings for the Philippines. Read more ... »? Do we feel his presence when we help people in need? Do we feel the presence of God when we cook, clean, wash dishes, vacuum or mop the floor of our church?

The two disciples felt. . .

II. Heart Burning While Talking With Jesus.

Although the disciples were blinded from recognition, they did feel the heart-warming experience while they were talking with Jesus. One disciple said, “Our hearts kept burning within us as he was talking to us on the road and explaining the ScripturesHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » to us, didn’t they?” (24:32).talkingwithjesus1

When was the last time that we felt the presence of God when we were sharing the gospel, when we were talking about Jesus to our family and friends? Do we feel the presence of God when we talk behind our church members, our enemiesThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » and friends? Do we practice daily talking to God through prayers?

The two disciples felt . . .

III. Heart Burning While Listening With Jesus.

Although the disciples were blinded from recognition, they did feel the heart-warming experience while they were listening with Jesus. Indeed they listened attentively.

PresidentThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » Franklin Roosevelt always complained that no one really paid any attention to what was he said. One day, during a reception in the White HouseHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... », he decided to try an experiment.

To each person who passed down the line, and shook his hand, he murmured, “I murderedWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » my grandmother this morning.”

The guests responded with phrases like, “Marvelous! Keep up the goodWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » work. We are proud of you. God blessWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » you, sir.”

It was not till the end of the line, while greeting the ambassador from Bolivia, that his wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » were actually heard. Immediately the ambassador leaned over and whispered, “I’m sure she had it coming“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).

franklinroosevelt2Out of many guests, only one paid attention to his trialMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » statement. Only one listened to him. How many of us listen to God when he speaks to us?

Although the disciples were blinded from recognition, they did feel the heart-warming experience while they were listening with Jesus. Indeed they listened attentively.

When was the last time that we listened to Jesus when we were praying, when we were reading the Bible? Do we listen to God when we do our plansMy Day's Plan is Changed to God's Plan. Read more ... »? Do we listen to God when we have some challenges, and problemsA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... »? Are we humbleThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » enough to listen to God through people around us? Do you know that God can speakGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » through people around us? Read MatthewA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... » 25:31-46 and we will learn something.

One time a Christian radioThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » station received a phone call from an elderly homeless womanJesus’ Strategy of Evangelism. Read more ... ». A lot of ChristiansThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » were listening on that program, including a member of satanic cult. The old woman was asking for help since for long time she had no work, no food and no shelterThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... ».

The satanic cult member got an idea on how to sow evilThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » to that old woman. He sent“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » his secretary to send“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » food and clothesWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... », and commanded her that if she asks who send the food and clothes tell her that they are sent by the evil one.

The day has comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... », and the secretary gave all the food and clothes to the old woman. The old woman just said, ThankPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » you.” The secretary said, “Wait! Are you not asking who gave you these food and clothes?”  The woman replied, “What for? I know they are coming from the Lord, I know when the Lord speaks, even the evil one listens.”

          How to listen to Jesus?

(1) Through reading our Bible (Old and New Testaments“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... »). Jesus interpreted to the two disciples the things about himself in all the scriptures (MosesThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » and all the ProphetsThis Man Trusts His Workers But Look What They Do to His Son and Messengers. His Envoys Do Not Return so He Comes Back with Vengeance!. Read more ... »). Some of us do not want to read the Old TestamentThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... », but they are also saying“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » about the Lord. Jesus used them to interpret about his lifeCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » and missionsThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... ». How many of us read our Bible daily? When we miss our meals, we become sickThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » and “hangry” (angry due to hunger). When we miss reading his WordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... », are we not hungryThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » spiritually?

(2) Through listening in prayers. Most of the time we fill our prayers with requests and pleadings. We forget to stop in requesting, and listen to God. Remember, prayerIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... » is communication with God. Communication includes listening, and knowing other party’s ideas and will. In prayer, have a pause and ask God, “Lord, what’s your will for me today?”

(3) Through observing and helping people around us. Matthew 25The Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... »:31-46 gives us an idea that when we help other people in need, we do that to Jesus. In other words, when we help we do communicate with Jesus that we loveThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » him. When we help other people I am sure you will feel the presence of God and even goose bumps!

Conclusion

The ApostleA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » Paul says that Christ dwells in our heart through faith, and when he is there faith and love will be rooted and grounded, and we will grow in God’s wisdom (Eph.3:17).We need wisdom to light up Jesus around us. We need faith and love to walk for the Lord. We need faith and love to talk for the Lord. We need faith and love to listen to the Lord. We need faith and love to do the will of God.martinluther1

A significant and often overlooked way that we serve God is in our everyday tasks. Martin LutherThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » understood this when he wrote, “The maid who sweeps her kitchen is doing the will of God just as much as the monkJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » who praysJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... » — not because she may sing a Christian hymn as she sweeps but because God loves clean floors. The Christian shoemaker does his Christian duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship.”

C.S. LewisThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » once said, “The work of a Beethoven, and the work of a maid, become spiritual on precisely the same condition, that of being offered to God, of being done humbly ‘as to the Lord.’ This does not, of course"How to Use Church Web Effectively for God's Ministry?". Read more ... », mean that it is for anyone a mere toss-up whether he should sweep rooms or compose symphonies. A mole must dig to the gloryThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » of God and a cock must crow” (sermonillustrations.com).

In other words, whatever is our work or serviceGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » inside the church or even in our places of work, if they are done with humilityThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... », love and faith in God, we are glorifying God and the presence of God is with usGod is With Us. Read more ... ».

 

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