Prepare your heart for Easter with resurrection Scripture
Did Not Our Hearts Burn Within Us? Prepare your Heart for Easter.
“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
On Easter Sunday, Christians from all over the world will remember and reflect upon the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For many it will be a celebration filled with great rejoicing and heart felt praise and worship. For others, remembering the resurrection will be done out of tradition that engages the mind with truth without impacting the heart. Our worship of God should engage both the mind and the heart. Our minds must be informed with the truth of God’s Word. Worship is shallow when the truth about who God is and what He has done is missing. But worship is also passionless and without affections when our hearts are not impacted by the truth we hold in our minds. True worship engages both the mind and the heart as the truth we know changes the heart. On Easter Sunday, you don’t want to show up to your church’s Easter service finding that your mind is far from truth or your heart far from God. So, begin preparing your heart for Easter today.
Begin Preparing for Easter Today
Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. He would never show up to a big game without having prepared himself to perform at his top potential. Instead, he was ready to play every game due to his hours of practice and preparation that set himself up to be his very best. Don’t show up to Easter unprepared and unready to worship our great Savior. Begin preparing your heart today by taking time to expose yourself to Scriptures about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As you focus on God’s Word your mind will be informed and your heart will be transformed. The rest of this post will take you on a journey in God’s Word that is sure to inform your mind but also transform your heart. As you read God’s Word, pray that God would do a work in your heart to “burn within you” like the men who encountered Jesus after His resurrection on the road to Emmaus.
The Road to Emmaus – Luke 24:32
After the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Luke records an encounter between two men and Jesus on the road to a village called Emmaus. They walked and talked with Jesus but these believers did not recognize who Jesus was. They were also confused about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. At this time, Jesus began to teach them the Scriptures that testified about Himself. After a meal together, the Lord opened their eyes to recognize who He was and then He disappeared from their sight. And they responded to this encounter by saying, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” Their hearts were impacted by the teaching of the truth of God’s Word that revealed to them the person and work of Jesus. If you desire for your heart to burn within you this Easter, then you too must expose yourself to the truth of God’s Word that will reveal the depths of Christ’s glorious character and saving work in your life. Reflecting on key Scriptures related to the resurrection will not only fill your mind with truth but will transform your heart to passionately worship Christ this Easter. Spend some time in prayer asking God to cause your heart to swell with awe over Christ as you read His Word.
Though You Die, You Shall Live – John 11:25
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live” (John 11:25). Right before Jesus performed the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead, He makes this glorious statement about Himself and the glorious reality of eternal life for all who believe in Him. Then He called out to Lazarus and commanded him to come out of the grave. And Lazarus rose from the dead and lived. This miracle shows us that all who believe in Jesus will also one day be risen from the dead and have eternal life. Take some time reading the entire account in John 11:1-44.
Earlier in John’s Gospel, Jesus also declared,“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.” (John 5:24-25)
A popular cultural saying states that the only things certain in life are taxes and death. Death is certain for all who live. But there is another certainty in the life of a believer. Eternal life is promised for all who believe in Jesus Christ. One day Jesus Christ will call out to those who have died in Him and they will be resurrected from the dead to live with Him forever. It is the resurrection of Jesus, that gives us the assured hope that those who believe in Christ will live forever even when they die. This is the good news and promise of the Gospel. This truth of the resurrection informs our mind but should also move our hearts to rejoicing in Christ this Easter.
Reflect upon the below passages that talk about the certainty of our resurrection unto eternal life.
John 6:39 - And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.
Romans 6:5 - For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
1 Corinthians 6:14 - And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power
1 Corinthians 15:20-22 - But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
Spend some time rejoicing and praising God for your certain resurrection unto eternal life in Christ.
My Lord and My God – John 20:28
Jesus appeared to His disciples after His resurrection, but one of them named Thomas was not with them. Thomas reacted with doubt when the other disciples told him of their encounter with the resurrected Christ. He demanded to see the nail marks in Jesus’hands and to feel the wound in His side in order to believe that He was truly alive. Eight days later, Jesus appeared to Thomas and gave him the confirmation he needed to rejoice in the resurrection of His Lord. As Thomas felt the Jesus’ wounds, he rejoiced and said, “My Lord and My God” (John 20:28). Thomas’ response to the truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ was one of worship. The resurrection demonstrates that Jesus truly is the Son of God and the Savior who conquered death once and for all. As you meditate upon the reality of the resurrection your heart should swell with worship of our Lord and God, Jesus Christ. Any doubts that you hold in your heart regarding the person, power, and work of Jesus should disappear as you consider the reality of His resurrection. He is worthy of our praise for His life, death, and resurrection that free all who believe in Him from the power of death. Pray that your heart swells with worship of your Lord and your God.
The Greatest Gift For You and For You To Share
The eternal life that believers have in Jesus because of His life, death, and resurrection is the greatest gift we can ever receive through faith in Him. Romans 6:23 says, “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord". As you prepare your mind and heart for Easter, take some time to thank God for your salvation. Also remember that there are many people in this world that do not have this gift of hope that the resurrection gives to all who believe. Let’s prepare our hearts for Easter and also share the lifetransforming power of the Gospel with those in our lives that do not know Christ. This gift is so good that it cannot be kept to ourselves. Give those in your life that don’t know Christ a pocket-Gospel today to share the hope you have in Christ. We pray that your heart is full of truth and rejoicing this Easter and that God would use you to make an eternal impact on others by sharing Easter’s true meaning.