Day 23 – It Can Be Too Late!

Reading: Luke 16:20-31

And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
(Luk 16:20)

And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
(Luk 16:21)

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;
(Luk 16:22)

And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
(Luk 16:23)

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.
(Luk 16:24)

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.
(Luk 16:25)

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.
(Luk 16:26)

Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
(Luk 16:27)

For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
(Luk 16:28 )

Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
(Luk 16:29)

And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
(Luk 16:30)

And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
(Luk 16:31)

Today’s verse:

Luke 16:31 “And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”

Jesus spoke many stories to His disciples to teach them. All of them, except for this one, were parables and never gave a name of the person He was referring to. However, in this account, Jesus gives the man’s name, Lazarus. This indicates that it is a true story. Jesus preached about hell more than any other topic. He found this to be of such importance that He made sure there would be no misinterpretation. He made sure that people would not come back with the statement that it was just a parable. This was a true account!

What a scary account for someone who does not know Jesus Christ as their Saviour! The rich man in this account dies and goes to hell, a real place. In hell, he “lifts his eyes, being in torments”! He was able to see Lazarus in Abraham’s bosom. All those years on earth that the rich man had in comfort were going to be the only years of comfort he would ever have because he is in hell for all eternity.

On the other hand, Lazarus spent a few years on earth in misery but now has an eternity in a perfect heaven! Which one would you rather have? Notice that the rich man begged Abraham to send someone to warn his family. Abraham’s response was that they had their preachers and the Bible and if neither could persuade them, not even someone coming back from the dead would be able to convince them otherwise. How true is this statement? The occult is alive and well today because people are trying to talk to their departed loved ones! Luke 16:31 states clearly that no one will be able to come back from the dead to warn us.

Are you 100% certain that you will see Lazarus in heaven? Or, is it possible that you may be joining the rich man in torments for all eternity? Dear one, I pray that your heart is not so hardened that you fail to accept Jesus as your only hope of eternal salvation!

Dear God…
Lazarus’ journey on earth was short
In comparison to eternity.
Thy Word says life is but a vapor,
Let me prepare my heart for Thee.

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