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Something to Think About

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 who want to come from there pass to us (Luke 16:26).

The parable of Dives and Lazarus is a good companion to the study of Jude. Jesus tells us that death is a demarcation, that our decision to live forever must be made in this life. Jude is concerned about those who have chosen to turn away from the Lord and were facing the danger of disqualifying themselves for eternal life.

There is a growing interest today in accounts of people who say they have physically died and have come back to life after a while. We wonder if any of the people we have known who have been long dead physically have been wanting to come back across the great divide to tell us what they have experienced in either the joy of heaven or the excruciating separation from the Lord. What would they say? Would we listen?

The rich man in Jesus’ parable, wanted to send a message back to his five brothers. Think about what he might have said. What do you think Lazarus would have wanted to say if he had a chance to share the glory of eternal life with the Lord?

The parable is a shocking reminder that our eternal status will be determined on the basis of our faith in Christ, His death for our sins, and complete trust in His lordship in our lives. Something to consider — don’t you think?

Pastor Ken