Summary: Final of a three part series exploring what the Bible reveals about life after death. Clues which bring great hope and reassurance about Heavenly life after the end of our earthly life.
AFTER HERE, WHAT’S HEREAFTER? (PART 3)
1. A REVIEW OF LAST WEEK – SUMMARY
2. REVIEW LUKE 16:23-26
a. Point – Tormented rich man not in hades because he was rich.
i. Bible teaches riches, or lack of them does not dictate our eternal destiny.
b. Christ told story to jolt greedy Pharisees into realization that their riches cannot save them; poor people might be better off in the life to come
c. Christ describing the radically different destinies of a believer and unbeliever.
d. Remember the rich man Lutzer spoke of.. the one who for whom a “quick” funeral was prepared?
i. Both he and the rich man in the parable, and millions like them have discovered too late that their worldly influence could not save them; nor could their wealth and reputation extricate them from this bind. Instead of victors, they were now victims; rather than bragging about their freedom, they now had to confess their enslavement.
3. POINT ONE: The man was fully conscious immediately after death.
a. Memory, speaking, pain, and bliss – all of these were a part of his experience.
i. “Have mercy on me and sent Lazarus………
1. Still giving orders
a. Relationship continues
b. In hades, an alcoholic will thirst. The drug addict will crave but will not receive.
c. There will be increased desire with decreased satisfaction
4. POINT TWO: The eternal destiny of this man was irrevocably fixed.
a. “Between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from there to us cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.”
i. The man had an overwhelming realization that his destiny was irrevocably fixed. And the future of his predicament became worse, never better.
5. POINT THREE: This man knew himself well enough to know that what he was experiencing was fair and just.
a. Apparently the man believed what was happening to him was just for two reasons.
i. First, never says anything about how unfair it is for him to be there.
1. Complains about the pain, but not injustice.
ii. Second, and more important, he knew exactly what his brothers would have to do if they were to avoid his own fate.
1. If they would repent, they would be kept from joining him in misery.
b. Incredibly, the man suddenly became interested in missions.
i. Begged Abraham to warn his five brothers
1. Realized unforgiven sin led to a place of agony.
ii. With his heightened perception and a better understanding, he could see that his relationship with Jesus should have been his highest priority.
c. Instead of wanting his brothers to join him in hades for the sake of companionship, he was more than willing to never see them again if only he knew they would be on the other side of the gulf.
i. Apparently even in hades there is great compassion, a natural human concern about the fate of those who are loved.
d. Abraham’s answer is instructive.
i. “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if some rises from the dead.”
e. JESUS TOLD THIS STORY BEFORE HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION.
i. Yet today, even though the evidence for His resurrections is overwhelming, as Abraham prophesized, many men and women still do not believe.