Who to Depend?


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Luke 16:19-31

“There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day.

But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate,

desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.

And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

“Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’

But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.

And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’

“Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house,

for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’

Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’

And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’

But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’ “

Here, Jesus told a story where a rich man went to hell whilst the beggar went to heaven. Sometimes when people read this, they tend to misunderstood something. People tend to think that being rich means that the gate of hell is close, and being poor means heaven is close. People tend to think this because of verse 25 of this chapter. However, I want to tell you that it doesn’t work like that.

The beggar has a name while the rich doesn’t. This means something you know. Lazarus means “Depend on God”. The one thing that saved Lazarus from entering hell when he died is not because he was poor and suffer on this earth. The one thing that saved Lazarus is because he always depend on God. He didn’t depend on the rich man or anyone else. He depended on God alone.

The rich man doesn’t have any name, which means that he wasn’t like Lazarus who always depend on God. From verse 27 and 28, we know that this rich man was a good and caring man. Even though he was suffering in hell, he still remembered his family and wished so that they wouldn’t enter the same place as he did. This tells us that being kind or good on this earth doesn’t gives us guarantee to be saved from eternal damnation. Only God alone can save us, and so we depend on God to be saved. Check this:

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

and,

Matthew 8:28,29

When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way.

And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?”

We are saved because we believe in the Son of God, and from the above verses we know that the Son of God is Jesus Christ. At first, the one who proclaim that Jesus is the Son of God weren’t men, but spirits of demon. In the world or realm of spirit, we will know each other even if we haven’t met before. The example is in here:

Matthew 17:4

Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

This happened when Jesus and the three disciples went up to the mountain. Peter had never met Moses and Elijah but he immediately knew that the two of them were Moses and Elijah.

The only begotten Son. This means that the best that God have. And the best that God have is Himself! Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the LORD Himself, who came down to this earth and take the form of a Man. We believe that Jesus Christ has redeemed us by His sacrifice at the cross. His Blood has bring perfection to our lives so that our relationship with Father in Heaven, with the LORD, is right and flawless again. I hope this can help you in anyway, especially for those of you who are new to Christianity and haven’t get to know about these things. Be refreshed 🙂

What Jesus brings when He comes to us?


Matthew 11:1-6

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Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities.

And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples

and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”

Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see:

The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”

Oh how great these verses are! Today I want to talk about what Lord Jesus wants for us in our everyday lives, and so that we may always count on Him. Because the only one who is reliable enough for us to depend on is Jesus Christ. Only Him. Check this out:

Jeremiah 17:5

Thus says the LORD: ” Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD.

Now back to the main verses from Matthew 11:1-6. Here John sent two of his disciples to ask Jesus whether He was the Messiah. However, Jesus didn’t answered them directly and said I am. He answered them by mentioning the miracles He has done. All illnesses and sicknesses that the people around Him suffered have all been healed by Him. This means that the presence or the coming of Jesus Christ in our lives will bring us a much better life than before. He is capable to heal our incurable disease. He is capable to lift all the burden and weight that we’ve been struggling with all these days. He is capable to give us the answer to every problem because He is everything we need. He is capable to give us the love that we yearn to feel all this time. Maybe you doesn’t feel any love at all from your family, from your mother or father, you feel that you’re unwanted in your family or neighborhood, and you suffered a disease that is most fatal out of any other disease, that is, an ache in your heart, which can keep on growing until you have all of the complications of sicknesses you maybe having today. But I have good news for you, that Jesus has come to this world, He has died, buried, and risen at the third day so that we can receive a cure from Him. Just one cure from Him for all our problems. The cure is His Love. He is Love, and He is the best! Blessed is he who is not offended because of Jesus because he will receive the eternal life that He has offered us!

Matthew 11:28-30

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Again the word come is used here. I have mentioned in my older post that so much of God’s message to us is come. We just need to come to Him. Faith really is a simple thing. You just come and respond to God. And how can you come to God? I believe that the simplest way to come to God is through worship; worship Him not just in church when you have all the songs played with the full band and all, but with all your yearning heart and with your spirit praise and worship Him, and also through your conducts in everyday lives. Praise God with your studies, praise God with your work, praise God with your lives. Know that your lives have been redeemed by Jesus at the cross with His Blood, and so your lives are not yours anymore but they are His. And so, use your body to praise God because your body is the temple of God. And since our lives are His, we might as well trust Him with every aspects of our lives. Check this:

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

I hope this post has blessed you, and be refreshed 🙂