Death is inevitable. People are all given a chance to enjoy and embrace Life. On the other hand, one thing is for sure to all of us. Death. As a Believer, we contemplate and may wonder what will happen to us after death. What’s next? Where shall we go? Naturally, we all go six feet below the ground, isn’t it?
While doing some studies, I came across a beautiful yet alarming story that would give us a preview of Life after Death.
Life after Death: Luke 16:19-31
Luke 16:19-31 tells us a story about a rich and a poor man in this world who eventually deceases and began a new Life.
Jesus said, “There was a certain rich man who was splendidly clothed in purple and fine linen and who lived each day in luxury. At his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores. As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich man’s table, the dogs would come and lick his open sores.
“Finally, the poor man died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and his soul went to the place of the dead.
There, in torment, he saw Abraham in the far distance with Lazarus at his side. “The rich man shouted, ‘Father Abraham, have some pity! Send Lazarus over here to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. I’m in anguish in these flames.’ “But Abraham said to him, ‘Son, remember that during your lifetime you had everything you wanted, and Lazarus had nothing. So now he is here being comforted, and you are in anguish. And besides, there is a great chasm separating us. No one can cross over to you from here, and no one can cross over to us from there.’
“Then the rich man said, ‘Please, Father Abraham, at least send him to my father’s home. For I have five brothers, and I want him to warn them, so they don’t end up in this place of torment.’ “But Abraham said, ‘Moses and the prophets have warned them. Your brothers can read what they wrote.’ “The rich man replied, ‘No, Father Abraham! But if someone is sent to them from the dead, then they will repent of their sins and turn to God.’ “But Abraham said, ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’”
Most of us mirror the rich man. We are so busy trying to keep up with the worldly things around us. We continuously strive for convenience and luxuries in this world. Most of the time we forget who we are as a Believer. We forget contentment. We dream to soar up high to triumph. Pleasing own little selfish selves.
We must remember that our Creator, God Almighty is the Great Giver and Taker. He gives and takes. He provides and withholds. He restores and abolishes. He brings life and death. The story reminds us that we are the poor man. As a great creation of our Lord God Almighty, it’s natural for us to long ourselves in the nearness of our God Almighty – our deepest need.
For this, let’s encourage one another. Let’s strive for a better relationship with our God Almighty. Let’s do our best to live like our Messenger, Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s hear the Word of God and continue to battle our inner lower selves. We want to be Lazarus, full of humility and contentment in the heart. We want a beautiful life after death – everlasting life. Life of true comfort and happiness.
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