Here’s what some people said…
Notice how the first man wouldn’t answer? Do we think that’s strange? With Christ in our hearts, we know the answer as to what happens, but, without Him, that might be a typical reaction. We know the Bible says: “The soul that sins, it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:20a). But then what happens? If we look in Luke 16:19-31, we get the answer. It’s extreme. Here, we see two people, a rich man and a poor man who was sick and hungry. He would have been glad of the crumbs the dogs probably got! Lazarus got nothing from the rich man. You see however, when you get into the parable that the rich man suddenly wants Lazarus to do all his chasing around for him! He may have remembered how he treated this poor man when they were both alive, or he may not. Whatever the truth of that, all the rich man wanted was some comfort. That was something he never thought to give Lazarus when he laid outside his gate.
See how parables reach into others? What did Jesus warn of in Matthew 25? Let’s have a sneak peek at some hard verses:
The Sheep and the Goats
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
Wow! What a warning! Just before that, there’s the story of the talents. These parables are instructions to believers, my friends. We MUST use what we’ve been given by Christ to serve not only each other, but those in the world as well. How do we know who will come to Christ at the teaching of His word? We preach, the Lord does the rest. But we have to preach. We have to share. Gifts to edify the body of Christ is one thing, but courage to take the word into the streets is quite another, and we have to be ready to do God’s bidding. We don’t actually have a choice. We must “go out into all the world and preach the gospel, making disciples of all nations!” Please read Matthew 28:19-20.
Now why have I written all this when at first, the question was, “What happens to us when we die?” Well, reading through these Scriptures, we are warned in many ways as to what happens. I thank God there were a few believers in that video, but for the ones who were not, I fear for them. They haven’t taken time to read, hear, believe what the Scriptures say. If they don’t want to believe now, well, we can’t help that. But there’s a Day coming when everyone who ever breathed upon this earth WILL believe. But then, sadly, it’ll be all too late.
So, who will we share the gospel with today?