Saturday, August 13, 2011
Come to Jesus
A few days ago I was reading Luke 16: 19-31. Jesus is speaking to his disciples and also to the Pharisees regarding the deaths of the rich man and Lazarus and reminds them of Abraham’s answers.
Verses 24-26 say: “Then he (rich man) 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.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.’ And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.”
When we die our souls are separated from our bodies. The body remains in the grave – whether buried underground, above ground or cremated, but our souls are immediately transported to heaven or to hell. There is no intermediate place.
Verse 26 reminds us that at death there is no escape. No amount of praying by our loved ones can move one from hell to heaven. It is the life lived while alive, to whom your allegiance lay, that determines your fate. Alive or dead, we are either “in Christ” or “in and of the World.”
If you do not know the Lord, only know of Him, make the effort, take the time, do it now before it is too late, and come to Jesus.