140504 Luke 24:13-35

Last Updated on Monday, 05 May 2014 Written by Pastor Schmidt

Sermon Text: Luke 24:13 – 35

Sermon Theme: Do You Have Heart Burn?

Have you ever suffered from heartburn? Maybe you ate some spicy food, or drank a lot of caffeine, and now you have the burning feeling in your stomach. Heartburn is not a pleasant thing. We take an antacid to get rid of it. Some people have such bad heartburn that they have to take prescription medication to help them deal with it. It is safe to say that no one here this morning would like to get a case of heartburn. But from God's Word that is before us this morning we read about a heartburn that would be good for us to get; a heartburn we would not want to stop or put out. The question that our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, would like each one of us to answer is: "Do you have heartburn?"

The Gospel writer Luke reports to us that two of Jesus' followers are walking and talking with one another, when suddenly Jesus is walking along with them. But the Bible tells us that the Savior used his almighty power to prevent them from recognizing him as they walked together. He listened to them, and then asked what they were talking about. Certainly as true God, Jesus knew exactly what the men were talking about as they walked along that day. But he wanted to hear it from them. He wanted an opportunity to teach them an important truth. These men needed to know that everything that happened to him, happened just as the Old Testament Scripture said it would.

Where did Jesus begin? God's Word tells us, "And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself." Perhaps Jesus referred to the promise of a Savior given back at the Garden of Eden to Adam and Eve. In Genesis chapter 3, Moses was led by the Holy Spirit to write these words of the gracious LORD: "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." Perhaps he used the prophecy of Zechariah 9 to show that the events of Palm Sunday happened just as God's Word said it would. "See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey." These two men told Jesus that their "chief priests and . . . rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death." Perhaps Jesus then reminded them of the prophecy of Isaiah 53, "Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted."

In God's Word before us we are told, "As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. But 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. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight." What a wonderful conclusion to the end of the lesson for these two followers of Jesus that afternoon! He had risen, just as he promised. Jesus was there with them in front of their very own eyes. The reports of the women that morning were true! All the Bible passages Jesus had pointed out to them as they walked along were true. Through the Word of God that they heard, the Holy Spirit created heartburn. After Jesus disappeared from their sight, the two followers said to one another, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?" Look at the great change that took place in the hearts of these two disciples! They had left Jerusalem with heavy hearts. They were confused. They had no hope. No joy. Then they saw Jesus face to face. He had risen! And their sadness quickly changed to joy. With their hearts burning with the Good News of the Savior's resurrection, they knew exactly what to do next. This Good News was too good to keep to themselves. We are told, "They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, 'It is true! The Lord has risen . . .' Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread."

As you and I open the pages of the Bible, we read God's Law. It is God's Law that burns our hearts. It is God's Word that points out to us that we are guilty of sin. We are born in sin. We sin against our God in our thoughts, words and actions. God's Law tells us that the only thing we earn or deserve from a just God is to be left on our own to burn forever in the fires of hell. Then we hear the wonderful Gospel message. And the Good News of the Gospel gives you and me heartburn. We hear that Jesus, the risen Lord and Savior, has won full and free forgiveness of all our sins. Jesus lived the perfect life we are not capable of living. Jesus Christ suffered our punishment and died our death. The resurrection of Jesus is our visible guarantee of forgiveness for all our sins. And the Good News of Jesus' resurrection has the same effect on us, as it did on the two disciples from Emmaus. The message of Jesus' resurrection from the dead gives you and me heartburn! God's Word fills us with such joy that you and I can't wait to share the Good News with others. The Good News is that the tomb is empty. Jesus lives! Because he lives, forgiveness and eternal life in heaven are our free gifts to enjoy.

There are many people in our world today, there are many people right here in Oconomowoc, who don't have heartburn. They don't know the Good News of Jesus death and resurrection. What we are to do next is clear. Like the two disciples on the way to Emmaus, we are to go and tell others about the risen Lord. Have you shared your heartburn with others lately? Have you shared the Good News about Jesus with a family member, a neighbor or someone at work or school? Today is the day to go! Go and share the Good News about the risen Lord and Savior. May the Holy Spirit bless your efforts to spread the heartburn that only God's Word is able to create. Amen.

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