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Luke 16:27, 28
He answered, then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.
Dr. Luke, the physician and author of this book named after him, recalled the parable of the “Rich Man” and Lazarus. Lazarus the leprous beggar stayed at the “Rich Man’s” gate while the “Rich Man” fed him. One day, each of the men died. Lazarus went to paradise and the “Rich Man” to hell. From hell, the “Rich Man” cried out to father Abraham to send Lazarus back to earth to warn his five brothers not to come to this place of torment.
I often hear people say that they actually want to go to hell because all of their friends will be there. And they usually end that line with a nervous chuckle. But in this parable Jesus’ story does not ring clear with that assumption. It actually took hell for the “Rich Man” to develop a love for people who are unbelievers. Here he is in hell, tormented and separated from God’s presence, and a strange concern for his brothers comes over him. The last thing the “Rich Man” wanted was for his brothers or any of his friends to end up there with him in hell. You may be asking … “What In Hell Do We Need On Earth?” My answer … the same love that the “Rich Man” had for lost souls. Because it took hell for the “Rich Man” to discover a love for people who needed Jesus.
Thank You for Your grace today. May I always be full of love for every person in need. May I never lose heart that You are able to save us all. Amen