What does it take to warm up around here?
For three days last week, most of the country was in the grip of a polar vortex. At one point, we tried the “toss a cup of steaming water into the arctic air” experiment, then quickly hurried back inside before our toes fell off. Although we did a pretty good job of seeking out and attaining some degree of warmth, little evidences of the freezing temps outside would seep through – to our toes, to our achy joints, to our pipes, the cold sheets in our beds, to the chillier corners of the house. The chill couldn’t completely be avoided.
“We had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel,” they said (v. 21). The stranger then, “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, … interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself” (v. 27)
I have that happen to me, too, sometimes. The presence of the Lord is not so present to me. I am cold to him, and I need something to thaw the chill.
They invited him to join them for supper, which he did, continuing to converse with them and breaking bread with them. Imagine, dinner with Jesus! But their eyes were still closed to him.
Then he vanished, and their eyes were opened. “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (v. 32).
Here is what it is to be warmed from the inside out, despite how low the temperatures outside dip. Drawing near to Christ by meditating on his and other biblical writers’ words to us about him, the coals in my heart are stirred by his divine hand, they begin to glow, and with his expert tending of the fire, my heart burns again, warmed by his presence.
Do you desire to have your heart burn within you? Do you desire your children to know what it is to have their hearts burn for Christ? Don’t look for it in the vast vault of feelings and emotions you carry around with you and which offer only temporary, surface warmth. Look for it in the words of Jesus and the Scriptures.
The lesson in systematic hermeneutics that Christ gave to the two on the road to Emmaus was drawn from the Wonderful Library of God, the same library that the children’s catechism class is learning about in Sunday School. Parents, draw near with us to the source of heat by reading and studying about him in his Word.