Luke 16.19-31. Life after life

In our times we have set aside concern for life after this as a distraction to us seeking wealth, happiness and success now. Jesus, in his story of the rich man and Lazarus asks us to do a cost/benefit analyisis of that decision. [Audio | Video | Notes]

Michael Flynn


Luke 16.19-31 | Life after life

Luke 16.19-31 | Life after life

Living this life aware of the next… or not?

  • The modern preoccupation with wealth now

Why death will not change us

  • Torment/Fire

What evidence will it take?

  • Moses and the prophets
  • The resurrection

Living this life aware of the next… or not?

  • Wealth that does not last has its costs
  • The final wealth

For further thought

Q: In the modern world we pursue wealth, happiness and success in this life. Many deliberately set aside pursing eternal wealth as a distraction to making this life better. What are the costs of this in this life and the life to come?

Q: Here are contrasts between the rich man and Lazarus to reflect on:

Lazarus means ‘God has helped’ | The rich man has no name.

The rich man was happy and full in his wealth | Lazarus was ill and empty.

The rich man dies and has a continuing existence in Hades (greek) / Sheol(Hebrew) | Lazarus dies and is escorted by royal messengers (angels) to aseat of honour at a feast hosted by Abraham.

The rich man continues to issue demands as if Lazarus is a slave and, damningly, recognises Lazarus and knows his name. | Lazarus is reclining at a feast in a place of great honour. He is not a slave.

The torment of the rich man is described as a fire yet he speaks and reasons. The fire may illustrate his powerless, lack of wealth and loneliness. | Lazarus is comforted for his past griefs in a place of plenty with high and honoured company.

The chasm and vertical distance illustrates the chasm that always existed between the two men but has now been made obvious by death.

The rich man must speak and represent himself | Lazarus is silent and is represented by his counsel, Abraham.

One pursued and enjoyed the temporary wealth of this life – those riches left him | The other hoped in eternal wealth for the life to come – those riches found him.