The Rich Man and Lazarus
19 Jesus said, “There was a rich man who always dressed in the finest clothes. He was so rich that he was able to enjoy all the best things every day. 20 There was also a very poor man named Lazarus. Lazarus’ body was covered with sores. He was often put by the rich man’s gate. 21 Lazarus wanted only to eat the scraps of food left on the floor under the rich man’s table. And the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 “Later, Lazarus died. The angels took him and placed him in the arms of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 He was sent to the place of death and was in great pain. He saw Abraham far away with Lazarus in his arms. 24 He called, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me! Send Lazarus to me so that he can dip his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am suffering in this fire!’
25 “But Abraham said, ‘My child, remember when you lived? You had all the good things in life. But Lazarus had nothing but problems. Now he is comforted here, and you are suffering. 26 Also, there is a big pit between you and us. No one can cross over to help you, and no one can come here from there.’
27 “The rich man said, ‘Then please, father Abraham, send Lazarus to my father’s house on earth. 28 I have five brothers. He could warn my brothers so that they will not come to this place of pain.’
29 “But Abraham said, ‘They have the Law of Moses and the writings of the prophets to read; let them learn from that.’
30 “The rich man said, ‘No, father Abraham! But if someone came to them from the dead, then they would decide to change their lives.’
31 “But Abraham said to him, ‘If your brothers won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t listen to someone who comes back from the dead.’”
Today, I want us to consider firemen. When any type of building is on fire, firemen run into the structure searching for helpless people to rescue. That is why I believe in the importance of sharing the gospel of Jesus. Let me explain. I really believe there is a heaven and there is a hell. I believe, upon our death, we will live forever in one or the other of those two places. Heaven will be wonderful, filled with joy, peace and eternity in the presence of Jesus. Hell on the other hand will be eternal separation from the Lord Jesus. Hell is set up for satan, his demons and all who reject the free gift of salvation that God has offered to each and every one of us (John 3:16-17). Freak accidents happen all the time. Not a single one of us have a guaranteed tomorrow. Where will you spend eternity? Day after day in endless joy, or would you rather have pain, sorrow and great agony? We have to make our decisions now!
The reason why I write so much about salvation and the reason why I care is I believe we all have a spiritual house that is perishing without Jesus. Just like the firemen who rush in and say, “this is the fire department, call out,” only I say, “Jesus is the Way, come to Him today and repent”. Turn from your wicked ways and accept Jesus before it is too late. Imagine if you died and saw me on judgement day, but you never accepted Jesus because I never told you about Him, I imagine you might say to me, “why didn’t you tell me???” I do not want anyone to ever say that. I tell everyone I know about Jesus because of great concern over their soul and where they will spend eternity.
On a personal note, I witness at least once to everyone in my care as clients. As I approached one lady, she said ‘ You already told me and you said you would never repeat it again.’ Which is true I always ask if I can present the gospel and tell them that I won’t keep bringing it up (unless God tells me to), but that I feel I must share at least once. Usually they let me present it that way. That same lady died a few weeks later and unless she accepted Jesus into her heart before she died, when her eyes opened, from death to life eternal, she awoke to terrible moaning and torment. That thought makes me cry. It is worth all of the harassment to be able to reach one person, snatching them from the pit of hell.
It is not God’s will that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9). Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost (Luke 19:10). There is no other name under heaven where men can be saved (Acts 4:12). Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father, but through Him (John 14:6). If you do not know Jesus, please come to Him today. You must confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9-10).
Here is a simple sinner’s prayer.
Dear God, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I admit to You that I am a sinner. I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness.
I believe that Your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.
You said in the Bible that if we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that You raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.
Right now I confess with my mouth, Jesus is my Lord. With my heart, I believe that You, God Almighty, raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own Lord and personal Savior. According to Your Word, right now I know I am saved by the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.
Friend, if you have prayed that prayer, please let me know in the comments section, so that I can rejoice with heaven over your decision (Luke 15:7)! God bless you and welcome to the family. More information on knowing Jesus on my blog titled, You Never Let Us Go https://thefathersfeet.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/you-never-let-us-go/