Our Hearts Still Burn


This past Sunday, my Resurrection (Easter) sermon text was Luke 24:1–53. Luke’s narrative of the Resurrection of Jesus has a unique feature, including the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.

Jesus approached them while they were pondering the events of recent days. Even though Jesus inquired as to what they were talking about, they did not discover that it was him. The text says that “their eyes were kept from recognizing him.” They recounted to Jesus about his arrest, trial, crucifixion, and burial. Jesus responds by saying, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” (Luke 24:25–26).

And Luke then adds an interesting summary of what Jesus does next:


“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27).

Jesus taught them the Bible.

And not just a Bible study, he taught them the whole thing! He gave a survey of all the Scriptures and all of the Scriptures pointed to his life, suffering, death and resurrection. Even out of the grave Jesus was still teaching about himself through the Word of God. Later in the chapter, Jesus is with all his disciples and once again it is mentioned that, “he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:45).

The story continues with them settling down to retire for the evening. They press Jesus to stay with them and to share a meal, where Jesus made himself “known to them in the breaking of the bread” (Luke 24:35), before he vanished from their sight.

One of my favorite lines in Luke’s Gospel is their response after he disappeared: “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?’” (Luke 24:32).

In advance of The Gospel Coalition’s upcoming biennial National Conference, several worship leaders, songwriters, and artists have collaborated for an album, “Songs for the Book of Luke” (Luke’s Gospel being the theme for this conference). I just had the chance to listen to the album on Monday and it is great [check it out Bandcamp]. One of my favorite songs is about this very encounter between Jesus and these two disciples, and is titled, “Our Hearts Still Burn.” You can play the song above and the lyrics are below.

“Our Hearts Still Burn”
Words and Music by Matt Boswell and D. A. Carson © 2013 McKinney Music, Inc. (BMI).

Faded hope and grim despair
on the day of the murdered king
Foolish minds and unbelief
could not grasp what the prophets sing:

Did not Jesus have to suffer,
enter glory through agony?
When the King unpacked his Word:
Their hearts leapt and their eyes could see.

Everything the Scriptures say
in the Prophets, the Law, the Psalms,
Touching Jesus, called the Christ,
is fulfilled in this gospel song:

The Messiah had to suffer,
had to rise on the first Lord’s Day;
We proclaim to every land
true forgiveness in Jesus’ name.

We were deaf but now we hear
Scripture’s voice both in type and word.
Unbelief that had us chained
has become in our eyes absurd.

Did our hearts not burn within us
as he spoke with us on the way?
And our hearts still burn with fire
as his Word speaks to us today.

Did our hearts not burn within us
as he spoke with us on the way?
And our hearts still burn with fire
as his Word speaks to us today.


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