As we stroll through life, we find ourselves surrounded by those we love and admire. From close friends and family, to those who inspire us from afar. It is truly a blessing to have these people, for each one – in their own way – enriches our lives, and that’s really good news. Now for the bad news…Think of everyone you know, everyone you have interacted with today, this week, throughout the course of your life. Each of them has a terminal condition. We all have a terminal condition. This condition is called mortality.
We all will die. Everyone we know will die. Everyone we love will die. Everyone on earth, sooner or later, will die. Each of us is only a single heartbeat away from eternity
That’s what I want you to think about with this: What rests beyond the veil for each of us, especially those who fail to accept the salvation offered by Christ? What does eternity hold for the lost?
Over the next few weeks, we will be digging into a particular passage found in the Gospel of Luke, one which tells of a poor beggar and of a rich man…
“19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”
“Hell & the Rich Man” continues next time…
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