December 25th 2016 Lesson 4 – Are You Living your best life now? Luke 16:10
In the Teacher’s book, the instructor is told to ask the question “What are some common ideas and descriptions the world believes about heaven and hell? Who do you think will be in either place?” The examples the writer gives are.
Heaven is beautiful, Hell is torment. Heaven has angels harps clouds and pearly gates, hell is flames and torture and punishment. The same people that think all will go to heaven (including themselves), also think the really bad people will go to hell (Hitler, Bin Laden, ect.). Many think goodness and religion get us to heaven.
The whole truth is that people that “Believe God” and have trusted His Son Jesus as Saviour go to Heaven and people that refuse Jesus as their LORD get their choice of separation from Him: Hell is that place where you are alone with your choice to be your own lord, Heaven is where Jesus is and He is who He is…who is LORD and Creator of the universe. The Choice, let Jesus be Who He is and spend eternity with Him: or take what you want from this life now and spend eternity alone and consumed by the never ending fire of your burning trash.
THE RICH MAN AND THE POOR MAN HAD OPPOSITE LOTS IN THIS LIFE
The first GROUP LESSON NOTES questions were-
1. The rich man has his BEST life now.
2. The poor man has his WORST life now.
Observe the descriptions of Both the rich man and Lazarus while they were still living. Make any comparisons and contrasts between the 2 characters in this parable. You might want to make 2 columns to list these for each character.
The Rich Man – Lazarus
Covered in fine clothing – Covered in Sores
More food than He wanted – wanted only leftovers
Dressed himself, depended on no one – Couldn’t carry himself, depended on everyone
Big Home with a gate – no home, laid at gate
Had a funeral – Wasn’t even buried
No name, just “Rich Man” – Had a name, “The one who God helps”
HEAVEN AND HELL WERE THEIR OPPOSITE DESTINIES IN THE NEXT LIFE
Second “Group Lesson Notes”
1. The rich man LOSES everything he ever had.
2. The beggar gains EVERYTHING he never had.
Observe the descriptions of both the rich man and Lazarus now that they are on the other side of the grave. Make comparisons and contrasts between the 2 characters.
“The rich man is now the one suffering; he is now begging for a drop of water. A gate separated him from Lazarus – now a great gulf separates them. The rich man commands Abraham as if he is still in charge. The man who showed no mercy is now demanding mercy. A man that never noticed Lazarus at his gate has immediately noticed him across the gulf.”
What is the significance of Lazarus being in Abraham’s bosom? (see John 13:23;20:21 )
“This was an intimate posture during an intimate meal. Meals together signified friendship and acceptance. While Lazarus had nothing to eat while on earth, he is reclined and ready to feast with Abraham.”
ABRAHAM COMPARES THE TWO LIVES BEFORE AND AFTER DEATH
What do these passages tell us about God’s Word? ( see Psalm 19:7;119:50,149,154,156; Romans 1:16;10:13-15; 2 Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 4:12 )
“God’s Word revives the soul, gives life to men, is the power of Salvation, is necessary to be heard in order to believe, is able to make wise unto Salvation, and is living and active. The Word of God that the Spirit of God uses converts sinners.”
What do we learn about God’s Word from Abraham’s statement in this Parable?
It is sufficient to warn people of hell and prepare them for heaven. It is enough – even Old Testament (Moses and the prophets) – to convince people of their need for salvation. It is more convincing even than one returning from the grave! Miracles, signs, gimmicks, and tricks cannot and will not save sinners. Books about people supposedly dying and going to heaven, and returning will not save sinners. God’s Word is a necessity.”
This holiday we are celebrating today is about Jesus, the Son of Almighty God being born as a helpless child on this earth, having to flee for His life before He could even walk: avoid murderous treachery before he was even 2 years old. He lived a perfect and Sinless life and is the only man in the history of mankind that could ever meet the price demanded to be the atonement of our sin and reconcile us to God so we can have the choice to forsake this life and embrace eternity with Him. Even though Lazarus being raised from the dead didn’t change much, Jesus raising Himself from the dead changes everything. You have the choice to be a lord here and inherit hell or Believe Christ and inherit heaven… and yes, I am living my best life now, but it has nothing to do with things: it has everything to do with knowing Jesus. Houses with leaky roofs and cars that fall apart aren’t worth much in light of the way things really are: the worth of this life is actually the deception and illusion of Satan, real value is in Christ Jesus.
I went to the trouble of doing all of this because we are not having Sunday School Christmas day and I thought it was too good a lesson to skip. Let me know if I should keep doing this or not on Facebook in the comments or email the church website.