Archive for February 7th, 2008

Luke 16

The last section of Luke 16 is the story of Lazarus and the rich man who die and go to their eternal place of resting. Lazarus goes to heaven, the rich man eternal separation from God. This is a real picture of the future folks. Eternity has only two options – heaven and hell – and there is no middle ground. That is a hard message and one that many don’t like to hear or deliver, but scripture is very clear. If you have a relationship with the Father through Jesus – heaven is your eternity. If not, well there is only one other choice. That is where the rich man in the story today ends up. He looks across the chasm that divides and wants desperately to have Lazarus reach over and comfort him. But that is not possible. It is a separation that no one can cross save God Himself. Look at what Jesus says here: “there is a huge chasm set between us so that no one can go from us to you even if he wanted to, nor can anyone cross over from you to us”. This is a separation that is real and lasts forever. Consider that – forever is a very long time. We know the solution to that and need to share the saving grace of Jesus with everyone we have the opportunity. The rich man asked that the message be given to his family. Have you told everyone you know about Jesus? It is our mission in life – to share the good news and help people prepare for an eternity with God, not separated from Him. Don’t miss the chance to change a life for eternity.

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