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Series: Heaven And Hell
A Sunday School teacher had spent a great deal of teaching her young class about the fact that doing "good works" could not buy them a place in heaven. To drive home her point she asked her class, "If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would I get into Heaven?"
"NO"! the children all answered.
"If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would I get into Heaven"?
Again, the answer was "NO"!
"Well," she continued, "then how can I get to Heaven?"
In the back of the room, a 5 yr. old boy shouted out,
"You gotta be dead"!
(from a true story related by a young woman named Tina Miller)
APPLY: In this morning's sermon we're talking about two people who died.
One man went to Hell… and
One man went to Paradise or Abraham's bosom.
One preacher I read said he could only find one time that Jesus ever spoke about Heaven. "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." John 14:2
But by contrast that same preacher counted at least 11 times Jesus spoke about Hell.
(Stephen Cook - sermoncentral.com)
Now if I'd have been Jesus, I think that teaching about Heaven would be MORE important. After all, why wouldn't my audience want to hear about what awaited them in heaven and what it would be like. But Jesus apparently believed we needed to know more about Hell than even heaven.
Here in Luke 16 we have Jesus telling us the parable of the Rich man and Lazarus. It's the ONLY parable Jesus ever told about afterlife. He was explaining to His disciples what life would be like… after we die.
And once again, there seems to be a heavy emphasis on Hell.
We're told in detail that
• It's a place of torment "In hell, where he was in torment…" Luke 16:23
• It's a place of thirst and agony and fire "… have pity ...
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