A Glimpse of Hell
Bible Text: Luke 16:19-31 | Speaker: Pastor James Zaebst | Luke 16-19: A lost rich man concerned only for himself and his own wants and wishes indifferent to God or his fellowman (Revelation 20:12).
Luke 16:20 and 21: Lazarus received more concern for his horrible condition from the dogs than the rich man. The rich man denied him his crumbs.
Luke 26:22 and 23: Lazarus and the rich man went to “Hell” or “Hades”. Hades is the unseen world of the dead. It is divided into two parts separated by a gulf. One part is a place of paradise called Abraham’s Bosom. The other part is a place of flames and torment reserved for the lost. Hell is real! People are there right now suffering horrible torment. Christ after His work on the cross took those believers in Abraham’s Bosom in Hades up to Heaven as His first fruits of His work on the cross. (Ephesians 4:8-10 and Luke 23:43). Now there is more room for more of the lost to suffer in Hell.
Luke 16:24: The rich man who had no concern at all for Lazarus, now wanted Lazarus to give him room service in Hell. The rich man still maintained his identity and fully recognized Abraham and Lazarus though all three were disembodied. He remains unrepentant in his sins.
Luke 16:25: The rich man is reminded of his own knowledge of his complete indifference to others. He knows why he is in Hell. He has many, many years to think about his sins. Imagine the regret and sorrow!
Luke 16:26: There is no way out and there is no hope or any second chance.
Luke 16:27-31: The rich man does not ask to warn his brothers himself. Even in Hell he cannot be bothered with even his own brothers eternal state. He feels entitled to a servant even in Hell.
We are the only hope for the lost. We are their only hope of escaping the horrible torment of the flames of Hell. Will we be a watchman for lost souls (Ezekiel 3:16-19)? Can we say with Paul that we “are pure from the blood of all men”? For we “have not shunned to declare” “unto” – “all” – “the counsel of God”? (Acts 20:26 and 27). The consequences of our inaction and our indifference are real. There is much more room in Hell for more who die lost everyday (Isaiah 5:14). Do we really care enough to pluck some souls from the fire (Jude 22 and 23)?