They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:32 (NIV)
Did you ever brew a cup of tea for yourself, and were so eager to drink it that you burned your tongue? Ouch! Can that happen when we have TEA with Jesus? Perhaps instead of the pain of burning our tongues, we can have the joyful experience of burning hearts.
I was reading this passage from Luke the other day about Jesus and his friends who were walking to Emmaus. This happened after Jesus’ resurrection and his friends didn’t realize He was Jesus. They were upset about the whole crucifixion. Why did it have to happen? And Jesus walked along beside them and explained the scriptures and how the Christ had to suffer and die for the sins of the world. When they reach Emmaus, and He broke bread with his friends, they finally realized He was Jesus! The friends proclaimed, “Were not our hearts burning within us?“
After we have TEA CUPP Prayers with Jesus, I imagine we should say the same thing. We spend 15 minutes, an hour, however long we are able, to sit down with our Bibles and chat with Jesus, using His Word in our prayers. Jesus sits there with us and offers His forgiveness. He gives us a purpose and explains His plan day by day. Jesus whispers words of comfort and peace into our hurting hearts, as He shares His promises. And He listens as we pour out our hearts to Him. So when we finish our TEA CUPP prayers with Jesus, we also will proclaim, “Were not our hearts burning within us?”
On the Road to Emmaus
13Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus Himself came up and walked along with them; 16but they were kept from recognizing Him.
17He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18One of them, named Cleopas, asked Him, “Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
19“What things?” He asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20The chief priests and our rulers handed Him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified Him; 21but we had hoped that He was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23but didn’t find His body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said He was alive. 24Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but Him they did not see.”
25He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself.
28As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if He were going farther. 29But they urged Him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So He went in to stay with them.
30When He was at the table with them, He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, and He disappeared from their sight. 32They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
33They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when He broke the bread. Luke 24:13-35 (NIV)
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