Hey son, just wanted to start out by saying how proud I am of you! You are an awesome kid! I can’t believe you are in 10th grade…..sick! haha
This is a story from the Bible that I don’t remember ever hearing at church. It is a parable that Jesus tells and is a picture of what life will be like after we leave this earth and how far apart heaven and hell are. It is also telling us how we should live while we are still here.
This is why we must always tell our story to all who ask us. We don’t want anyone to end up like the rich man Jesus speaks about below! There is a choice we all must make. We will have to spend eternity living with that choice. I think it is extra terrifying that the rich man can see heaven but can’t get there. Read below:
There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ “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.’ “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ “ ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.
Luke 16:19-31 NIV