“redemptive heartburn”

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Lord Jesus, of all your post-resurrection appearances, my favorite is the visit you give to these forlorn friends on the road to Emmaus. I have much in common with them, for I too can be “foolish and slow of heart.” Thank you for your tenacious tenderness, limitless patience, and steadfast love.

Keep doing for me what you did for our Emmaus Road brothers. Help me to see you everywhere in the Scriptures, for you are the main point and primary hero in the entire Bible. You’re our Substitute to trust long before you’re our example to follow. You lived in our place and you died in our place, and rose victorious for our justification. Hallelujah!

Jesus, give me an incurable case of “redemptive heartburn,” like that which you ignited in the hearts of our Emmaus brothers. Keep showing me more of your glory and grace, that I might give you the adoration and allegiance of which you alone are worthy. So very Amen I pray, in your loving and transforming name.

Scotty Smith, Pastor, author and blogger serving in Tennessee
Heavenward/TGC, slightly modified


And [Jesus] said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

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?”

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