Summary: The sermon examines the last night of two persons one is saved, one is lost and each awake to their eternity.
Last Night Luke 16:19-31
1. The Rich Mans last night on earth he was dressed in Purple
A. The Scriptures give references to those that wore purple were considered royalty
Judges 8:26 purple garments worn by the kings of Median luxury,
Daniel 5:7 "Whoever reads this writing and tells me what it means will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around his neck, and he will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom."
B. Thou He was dressed in purple the last night, He awaked Dressed
in a grave for the dead For eternity his dress will Be Horror
Job 18:14He is torn from the security of his tent and marched off to the king of terrors
C. For eternity he is dressed in Darkness
Job 18:18He is driven from light into darkness and is banished from the world.
D. For eternity he is dressed in eternal Calamity
17"Yet how often is the lamp of the wicked snuffed out? How often does calamity come upon them, the fate God allots in his anger.
E. For eternity he is dressed in hope that has perished
Proverbs 11:7 7When a wicked man dies, his hope perishes; all he expected from his power comes to nothing.
2. For eternity his eyes are opened to regret His eyes laid hold of what could have been
he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. He thought I could have been there to
A.. His last night his eyes saw no mercy now for eternity his eyes are seeking mercy
24So he called to him, `Father Abraham, have pity on me I am in agony in this fire.'
B. His last night He could have cared less about witnessing but he
Awakes with literally a burning Testimony
Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.'
3. Now consider the last night for the Beggar His last night he was covered with sores
A. He was covered with sores his last night but he awakes covered in the
arms of the one who heals the wounds of humanity By his stripes we are healed
B. His last night He waited for an invitation to eat the crumbs, but he awakes to
a invitation to eat the finest of foods
Rev 19:9 "Write: `Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!' "
C. His last night He received bad things no comfort but He awakes to eternal comfort
In his lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things,
but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.
D. His last night he has no home but He wakes to the comforts of a New Home.
In the Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.
E. His last night he has no future but He awakes to the comfort of a glorious future for eternity
If this was to be the last night would we be Buried in Hell for ever or would be carried to Abrahams side?
If this was are last night would we be dressed for the grave of hell or would we be dressed in eternal comfort?
If this was our last night would our eyes be opened to regret or would our eyes be opened to a paradice?
If this was our last night would we be covered in the arms of God or would we be covered with the fire of a worthless testamony?
If this was our last night in our home would you awake in a mansion?