Jesus tells the multitudes it is going to cost them something to be His disciple. It will cost them their lives. “And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple…So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.”
Jesus again reveals His heart for the lost with a story about a prodigal son who blows through his inheritance on harlots. When the son finally hits rock bottom and returns humbly home, the father greatly rejoices for the son “was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.” See, it doesn’t matter how far away from God you are. The Lord will rejoice over anyone who comes humbly to Him…regardless of what you have done.
We end the reading with 2 different stories about 2 different men named Lazarus. The first story gives us some insight into heaven and hell while the second story glorifies the Son of God.
First Lazarus – There is a rich man who enjoys all his stuff and ignores the suffering beggar named Lazarus lying at his gate. When both men die, Lazarus goes to heaven where he is comforted by Abraham and the rich man burns in hell. The rich man asks Abraham to send Lazarus to him for some relief from his torment and Abraham responds, ”Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.” Therefore, now is the time to seek the kingdom of God through a relationship with Jesus Christ bc when you are dead it is too late.
Second Lazarus – Jesus’s friends, Martha and Mary, have a brother named Lazarus who is very sick. Jesus says, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” So when Lazarus dies, Jesus goes to his tomb in Bethany. There He is first greeted by Martha and Jesus assures her that her brother will rise again. Jesus says to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” 🙌 Although we are all guaranteed to die, only those who put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ will have eternal life in heaven.
Tomorrow Jesus will raise Lazarus from the grave proving that He has power over death which can only come from the Lord. Keep reading.
(Luke 14:25-17:10, John 11:1-37)