Did Not Our Hearts Burn Within Us?

“One of my favorite accounts of the Savior teaching by the Spirit occurred on the glorious day of His resurrection in the Holy Land.

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“Two of His disciples were on the road from Jerusalem to a village called Emmaus when the resurrected Savior joined them on their journey.

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“The scriptures tell us His disciples did not recognize Him for “… their eyes were holden that they should not know him.”

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“These two disciples had a very personal and touching experience with their Lord and Master.

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– “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, [Jesus] expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

– “And … they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.

– “And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.

– “And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

– “And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” – Luke 24:27-32

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“What a wonderful experience!

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“How would it be to be taught face to face by the resurrected Savior and to have Him personally administer the bread as a symbol of His atoning sacrifice?

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“You would think those experiences alone would have been sufficient to recognize the Savior.

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“But note the evidence these disciples used to confirm that it was indeed Him … “Did not our heart burn within us …?”

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“It was that personal witness borne to their hearts by the Holy Ghost which gave them the conviction they had been with Jesus.”

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“I’ve had many moments listening to talks in sacrament meetings or from church leaders where I’ve felt this confirming witness that what they were teaching was true.

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“The Sprit seemed to be “burning” the teaching into my mind and heart, making it part of me, permanently changing my perspective and under-standing.

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“Over time, I have become better at identifying when it is taking place.”

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Chapter 21 – “Recognizing Answers and Waiting on the Lord” – Look Unto Me In Every Thought by Jakob R. Jones

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