You have a choice to make, friend. Do you live for the flesh? Do you choose to fill your belly with all the good things of this world, and all the delicious sins it has to offer? Or, do you acknowledge the God of creation, the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings, the Author of Salvation! Don’t waste your life…
Don’t carelessly cast your eternity aside. Don’t ever think for a moment that the choice can wait. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow. None of us are guaranteed another breath! Don’t squander the opportunity you have today – right now even – to reach out and grab the hand that the Lord is extending to you.
All you have is the present. As one commentator put it, “You know, the past is a memory, the future is a hope, the present is a gift, …… that’s why it’s called the present.”
The rich man made his bed… how many of us are doing the same today?
A gulf separated the wicked man and the beggar, and nothing even as small as a tiny drop of water will cross over to ease the torment of those bound within.
The gate of salvation is shut, the bridge is drawn away. For the wicked, there is no ease of their torment, and their memories and the knowledge that they are utterly responsible for their position will burn them forever just like the most severe fires were could imagine.
I want you to notice that the rich man never pleads his innocence. He never demands a retrial, nor does he make an argument about his predicament. He is suffering in an unimaginable way, and he has no hope of ever changing this or easing the tremendous burden he is faced with. There is absolutely no hope, no escape, yet, it’s clear that he understands that he is guilty and deserving of his place there.
How many today are looking up today, burning with spiritual fire and unquenchable regret for the penalty of the guilt they bear?
Look what happens next, verse 27 through 29. It’s quite poignant:
“Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.:
The rich man is conscious, and he remembers his brothers. He knew what his dear brothers needed. He knew they did not need to join him where he was. He knew that they needed to avoid hell at all costs!
He said, if Lazarus can’t bring me water, at least let him go warn my brothers. Let him assure them that an eternity is at hand that they certainly want to avoid!
My friends, how many in hell would scream at you today, warning you not to make the same mistakes they made!?
“Hell & the Rich Man” continues next time…
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