What Jesus Did! 'Closing Time' — Luke 16:24-26

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

"He called, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me! Send Lazarus to me so that he can dip his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am suffering in this fire!' But Abraham said, 'My child, remember when you lived? You had all the good things in life. But all the bad things happened to Lazarus. Now he is comforted here, and you are suffering. Also, there is a big pit (hole) between you and us. No person can cross over to help you. And no person can leave there and come here.'"
— Luke 16:24-26
Illustration of Luke 16:24-26 — "He called, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me!"

Key Thought

Some things are final. The rich man chose to live for the moment and neglect eternal matters. Now it is too late. Death has come and stolen away his chance to be a better person. There is no crossing over. There is a great chasm between. Jesus tells this story to warn us to make our lives count with eternal weight while we are alive, because when we die there are no more chances to invest in what matters.

Today's Prayer

Father, open my eyes and help me see things as you see them. I want to live by eternal values right now. Help me see the areas where I am procrastinating or living in denial about what needs to be done for your glory and to bless others. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus said, "There was a rich man that always dressed in the finest clothes. He was so rich that he was able to enjoy all the best things every day. There was also a very poor man named Lazarus. Lazarus' body was covered with sores. Lazarus was often put at the rich man's gate. Lazarus wanted only to eat the small pieces of food left from the rich man's table. And the dogs came and licked his sores! Later, Lazarus died. The angels took Lazarus and placed him in the arms of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. He was sent to the place of death and had much pain. The rich man saw Abraham far away with Lazarus in his arms. He called, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me! Send Lazarus to me so that he can dip his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am suffering in this fire!' But Abraham said, 'My child, remember when you lived? You had all the good things in life. But all the bad things happened to Lazarus. Now he is comforted here, and you are suffering. Also, there is a big pit (hole) between you and us. No person can cross over to help you. And no person can leave there and come here.' The rich man said, 'Then please, father {Abraham}, send Lazarus to my father's house on earth! I have five brothers. Lazarus could warn my brothers so that they will not come to this place of pain.' But Abraham said, 'They have the law of Moses and the writings of the prophets to read; let them learn from that!' But the rich man said, 'No, father Abraham! But if someone came to them from the dead, then they would change their hearts and lives.' But Abraham said to him, 'No! If your brothers won't listen to Moses and the prophets, then they won't listen to someone that comes back from death.'"

Luke 16:19-31

Related Scripture Readings

On the day God judges people, money is worth nothing. But goodness will save people from death.

Proverbs 11:4

Christ went into the Most Holy Place. But Christ did not go into the Most Holy Place that was made by people. That Most Holy Place is only a copy of the real one. Christ went into heaven. Christ is there now before God to help us. The high priest enters the Most Holy Place once every year. He takes with him blood to offer. But he does not offer his own blood {like Christ did}. Christ went into heaven, but not to offer himself many times like the high priest {offers blood again and again}. If Christ had offered himself many times, then he would have needed to suffer many times since the time the world was made. But Christ came {and offered himself} only once. And that once is enough for all time. Christ came at a time when the world is nearing an end. Christ came to take away all sin by offering himself as a sacrifice. Every person must die once. After a person dies, he is judged. So Christ was offered as a sacrifice one time to take away the sins of many people. And Christ will come a second time, but not for people's sin. Christ will come the second time to bring salvation to those people who are waiting for him.

Hebrews 9:24-28

We must all stand before Christ to be judged. Each person will get what he should. Each person will be paid for the things he did—good or bad—when he lived in the earthly body.

2 Corinthians 5:10

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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