Who Is Jesus Devo: Engaged Minds & Burning Hearts
Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
When you begin to explore the life of Jesus through the unique lens of Luke, you are invited along with Theophilus (the recipient of the gospel) to “know the certainty of the things you have been taught”. For here we find Luke, the historian, physician, and theologian has “carefully investigated everything” and has set out under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to “write an orderly account”. What are the implications of this for followers or explorers of Jesus?
Christianity is not a mindless leap into sentimentality. We are invited to engage our minds. To think, ask, listen, look, explore, investigate. Even in the Great Commandment we are called to “love the Lord your God with all your…MIND…” This is because Christianity is founded on facts. Truth. Jesus Christ was born, lived, suffered, was crucified, buried, and raised to life. Actual people, actual events in history. This demands our full attention. This is worthy of being wrestled with.
Is your mind engaged? What questions do you have? What doubts linger? Have you sufficiently pressed down to the bottom of your questions & doubts…are you fully engaging your mind? Do you “know that you know that you know” the truth about Jesus?
31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
Near the end of Luke’s gospel we see the famous account of “the Road to Emmaus”… this takes place after Jesus’ death and resurrection as he walks along the road with two men who are not aware of who he is (the Bible tells us they were “kept from recognizing him”). What an unspeakable privilege these men enjoyed to hear Jesus expound from the Scriptures things concerning himself. And as they came to realize later that it was Jesus himself who had walked with them and taught them, they reflected on their experience of learning and listening and engaging their minds…and the experience had actually touched them at a much deeper level than just the intellect. “Were not our hearts burning with us…?”
This has been the testimony of countless individuals who have taken the time to look at, listen to, and learn from Jesus. As we engage our minds…He comes and touches our hearts. As we use our minds to explore and know Jesus, He comes and touches our hearts along the way. This is the way of God…he engages the whole person… mind, heart, soul, & strength.
Are you on the road? Is your heart burning? Has it? Do you have a hunger and desire to know Jesus more as you learn more about him? Has your knowledge and understanding of who Jesus is touched your heart at a deeper level? Is there a sense that in your getting to know him you are coming to believe more fully in who he really is?
May we be followers of Jesus who have engaged minds and burning hearts…and live increasingly transformed lives as we long to know Jesus more!