Summary: Though this is a sermon that can be used at Easter Time, it really fits any time of the year. It forces your congregation to face the condition of their spiritual lives.
Is Your Heart On Fire?
28Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther.
29But 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.
30Now 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.
31Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
32And 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?"
My message today will focus on one word from Verse 32.
It’s the word “heart”.
The word “heart” appears in the Bible 830 times.
Only the words Lord, God, and Father appear more often.
Proverbs 4:23 says,
Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Jesus says in Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
Obviously, the Bible is NOT referring
to the pump that sends our blood throughout the body.
It’s speaking of the core of our souls.
It is of great importance to God.
The heart that scripture speaks of is just as important to our souls
as the physical heart is to our bodies.
If the physical heart stops, our physical life ends.
Without life in our spiritual heart, there is no life in our soul.
Not long ago, AED devices were placed in public places.
Do you know what an AED is?
AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator.
It’s the device that shocks the heart
and causes it to resume a normal rhythm
after or during a heart attack.
Maybe there is a need to have one of those in the churches.
I believe there are many church people today
who need a good jolt to get their spiritual hearts beating right!
Last Sunday was Easter and we looked at the resurrection story.
Today we pick up another story in the Bible
about an event on the day Jesus was resurrected.
Two men are walking on a road to Emmaus.
Emmaus is a village about 7 miles from Jerusalem.
Two men, one named Cleopas the other man’s name is not given.
On their way to their village of Emmaus
these two men were walking and talking
about everything that had happened in Jerusalem.
Suddenly a third man came along and joined them.
Luke 24:16 says at first they didn’t know who He was
because God kept them from recognizing Him.
The men begin talking with this stranger.
They are amazed their walking companion
hasn’t heard the news about Jesus.
They begin to tell how Jesus of Nazareth was crucified,
but women who went to the tomb found it empty.
Then, Jesus, still unknown to them, begins to teach them.
They extended him an invitation to be their guest.
He accepted their hospitality and still they did not know him.
Preparations are made.
The food is placed on the table.
Jesus took bread, gave thanks,
broke it and began to give it to them.
When these 2 men take the bread their eyes were opened.
They recognized their guest as Jesus.
Suddenly, Jesus vanishes.
Now look again at Verse 24.
Luke 24:32 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?"
Here’s a good question to think about.
What would it take for our hearts to burn within us?
Our spiritual heart is more important than our physical heart.
When you were conceived in your mother’s womb,
within 6 weeks your new heart started beating.
Your new heart grew stronger as you grew to maturity.
Likewise, each of us,
when we were born again into God’s kingdom
were given a beating heart on fire for the things of God.
For some Christians, their spiritual heart gets stronger.
They live a healthy Christian life for Jesus!
Unfortunately, some Christians get weaker.
Their spiritual hearts grow weaker.
They develop a spiritual heart disease.
There are several things that contribute to spiritual heart disease.
Point #1. Spiritual heart disease is caused by poor habits.
Our physical hearts can develop heart disease
if we don’t eat healthy foods.
Some foods will contribute to heart disease.
Many people worry about the condition of their physical hearts,
but never think about their spiritual hearts.
So, what are some of the things we consume
that give us spiritual heart disease?