The Rich Man and Lazarus(Luke 16:19-31)
Jesus mentions two extremes: [ Rich Man ................. Beggar ]
There are basically 3 classes: Rich, Middle, Poor with many variations within each class.
Most of us are somewhere in between. Where are you in this mix?
RICH:Life on Earth ... luxurious, selfish, ungodly, tied to wealth, not accepting Christ
After death ... in Hell, suffering, tormented for eternity
POOR:Life on Earth ... poor & sick (sores), separated from wealth, begging for compassion
After death ... in Heaven, comfortable, with God for eternity full of love, joy, peace
It is harder for a rich man to go to Heaven than for camel to go through the ‘eye of a needle’.
Does this mean every Rich person goes to Hell and every Poor person goes to Heaven? NO
It depends on how we live our lives on Earth. We must accept Christ as our Savior!
What kept the Rich Man from going to Heaven? He did not listen to:
a. MOSESwhich represents obeying the LAW of God which is the 10 Commandments.
b. PROPHETSwho foretold the coming of the Messiah,
What else does the parable imply? Will we recognize our loved ones in Heaven? YES
Communication Lines (according to the parable):
Heaven to Earth ... YES Heaven to Hell ... NO
Hell to Heaven ... NO Hell to Earth ... NO Earth to Hell ... NO
When you die, there is only one thing that matters: your relationship with Jesus Christ. “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?” (Matthew 16:26; Mark 8:36).
“God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:11-12)