Lesson Learned From A Rich Guy In Hell
Posted: Friday, April 14
Verse of the day:
But Abraham said, ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’” (Luke 16:31 NLT)
If you’re reading this, there’s a pretty good chance you’re a Christian. You accept Jesus as your Savior and believe that He is the only way to salvation. Sin had separated you from God, you recognize that, and you have asked Jesus to forgive you. Now you’re a Christian and you’ve dedicated your life to God, striving to obey His commands and do things the way He’s instructed you to. Awesome!
How did you learn all of this? At some point, someone explained your need for Jesus to you so that you could make the conscience decision to follow Him. Maybe it was when you were a kid, maybe it was a coworker or family member, maybe it was a pastor on tv! Some way, the good news of Jesus Christ was shared with you and it clicked! It made sense and you decided from that point until now to commit your life to the cause of Christ! What about those who have heard and still reject it?
In Jesus’ insightful parable about the Rich Man and Lazarus, the rich man is damned to Hell. There he pleads with Abraham, the father of the Jewish people, to send a messenger to warn his brothers about Hell. Abraham says in verse 29, “Moses and the prophets have warned them. Your brothers can read what they wrote.” The Rich Man agains pleads, saying that it would take someone coming back from the dead to convince his brothers to repent and turn to God. But again, Abraham rejects this idea and says, “If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.”
I would think seeing someone I know who died and came back from the dead to warn me would be a pretty convincing omen. But that’s not parable Abraham’s point. The point is the Bible is as convincing and convicting as it gets. It’s the living word of God. Anything and everything someone needs to know about salvation comes from the Bible! We can change the style in which the word of God is told, but the Bible is the basis of it all! For those you know rejecting the word of God, pray that they would be open to hearing the truth! Hopefully we won’t ever know someone so closed off to hearing how Jesus can save their life!