Summary: 1st of 5 messages leading up to Resurrection Sunday. This message is on the Rich Man and Lazarous and focuses on what we know about Hades.
Shadows, Souls, and Where They Go
It’s clear that people struggle with death
Some are afraid. Some are fatalistic. Some are in denial. Some are just way out there… Looking for some way – any way – out of death and denial of the fact that there is an end to this material universe.
Recently I came across an article in a magazine while I was in a waiting room. The Title:
“How to Survive the End of the Universe – in Seven Steps”
We live in an expanding universe. There is no end to this expansion and eventually everything will grow dark and cold - in about 50 billion years! This isn’t tomorrow but still it’s important to think about being ready for the end! Right!
So would you like the seven steps? We’ll I’m going to tell you what they are!
Here you go:
1. Find and test a theory of everything
2. Search for a naturally occurring wormhole.
3. Send a probe through a black hole
4. Create a black hole in slow motion
5. Create negative energy
6. Make a baby universe
6a Build a Laser Implosion machine
6b Build a Cosmic Atom Smasher
7. Send in the Nano-bots
Why do people find it necessary to create such solutions to death? Because they are afraid.
Death is a reality of life but the big question is – What comes next?
CS Lewis “Here lies an atheist—all dressed up and no place to go.” Lewis quietly replied, “I bet he wishes that were so!”
Today we are going to look at the grave and deal with the issue of death. Let me just say that the Bible and Jesus say very clearly that the grave is not the end of life. There is life after life.
One of the best sources of information in the Bible is in a story Jesus told about a rich man and a poor man. Each man died. But each man had a different experience in the grave.
Let’s look at Luke 16:19-31 and learn just a little about these matters of life.
The Rich Man & Lazarus
22 Later, Lazarus died, and the angels carried him to the arms of Abraham. The rich man died, too, and was buried. 23 In the place of the dead, he was in much pain. The rich man saw Abraham far away with Lazarus at his side.
24 He called, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me! Send Lazarus to dip his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am suffering in this fire!’
25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember when you were alive you had the good things in life, but bad things happened to Lazarus. Now he is comforted here, and you are suffering.
26 Besides, there is a big pit between you and us, so no one can cross over to you, and no one can leave there and come here.
27 The rich man said, ‘Father, then please send Lazarus to my father’s house. 28 I have five brothers, and Lazarus could warn them 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; let them learn from them.’
30 The rich man said, ‘No, father Abraham! If someone goes to them from the dead, they would believe and change their hearts and lives.’
31 But Abraham said to him, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not listen to someone who comes back from the dead.’ ”