A Burning Heart
A Sermon on Luke 24:25-26
And he 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?” (ESV)
What is the state of your heart? Are you sad, or do you have joy in the Lord? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from the New Testament passage in Luke 24: 25-26 regarding the two men walking to Emmaus. The gospel author uses four words to initially describe these men: “their hearts were sad.” Later, however, they undergo a massive emotional swing as they end up with their “hearts burning within them.” Which description characterizes you? Lloyd-Jones says there is nothing more important than this change because when people claim to be Christians and yet have a heavy heart, they are a poor witness: “Masses of people are outside the church today because they look at us and see what we are.” Are we making the gospel attractive to people? Are we, as Paul instructs us to be in 2 Corinthians 2:16, a sweet-smelling aroma? For many believers, it is still a struggle to live in the joy that is ours in Christ. The Doctor says that the remedy for this is to pray and ask the Spirit to open our eyes to the truth and to enlighten us so that our heart rejoices. Sincere joy in the Lord will aid your testimony as a Christian— do you have it?