“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:
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.
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:
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 🙂