by Robert Dawson

A Voice beyond the Grave
Robert Dawson
Luke 16:19-31

Two Texas ranchers were bragging about the size of their ranch trying to impress and outdo one another. One rancher asked the other, ''What is the name of your Ranch?'' The other rancher responded, ''The Rocking R, Circle Q, Box D, Flying W, Silver Spur ranch.'' The other rancher, virtually speechless, said, ''Wow! That is some name! How many head of cattle do you have?'' The rancher, with a look of embarrassment said, ''None. They didn't survive the branding.''

There are some things in life that are difficult to survive. One thing none of us survives is life and the branding of sin. It brings death to all of us. The great question concerning life and death is not whether we will die but what happens after we die. The Bible answers that question for us.

Today, I want us to look at a story Jesus told about two men who died. This story takes us beyond the grave and teaches us some very important lessons about life, death and life after death.

Luke 16.19-31 - ''Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day. 20 And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, 21 and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man's table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores. 22 Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and *saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried out and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.'

25 But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. 26 And besides a ...

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