A famous person died. He was well off and could afford many luxuries in life. People wanted his autograph and pictures with him.
Many people attended his funeral service; words of kindness were spoken and tears were shed among a backdrop of hundreds of flowers and wreaths.
The man lived a good life but lacked one thing – although he was religious he never made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ.
In fact, he avoided Biblical scripture and turned his heart elsewhere.
Who is this man?
You already know him and you know exactly where he is right now, even in death.
He is in a place of torment because he turned his back on the sacrifice and grace of the Lord Jesus.
He has forsaken the way of the cross for another way – a way that seemed right to him.
What is he doing right now?
Regretting that decision to the point that he is begging for someone to go to his family and share the news of the terrible place he finds himself now.
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.’ Luke 16:27-28
This man and his family reject the Gospel of Christ for something else more convenient and more pleasing to their hearts.
‘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.’ Luke 16:29-30
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.'” Luke 16:31
Indeed, many do not listen even though One has risen from the dead.
This story of Jesus from the pages of the Bible plays out every day. Men and women, both rich and poor, famous and unknown, black or white; each die and will give an account of what they’ve done.
Do not let your last breath happen without ever having cried out to God for mercy through Jesus.