It is critical to repent and believe in Jesus right now, because everyone’s day will come when they have no more opportunity to do so.

BibleGateway: Luke 16:19-31

ESV Text: Luke 16:19-31

Luke 16:19–31 (Listen)

The Rich Man and Lazarus

19 “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side.1 The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house—28 for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”

Footnotes

[1] 16:22 Greek bosom; also verse 23

(ESV)


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:36 and ends at about 4:28

     19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. 27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: 28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 611 (LSB 508):
The Day Is Surely Drawing Near

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. The day is surely drawing near 
When God’s Son, the Anointed, 
Shall with great majesty appear 
As Judge of all appointed. 
All mirth and laughter then shall cease 
When flames on flames will still increase, 
As Scripture truly teacheth. 

2. A trumpet loud shall then resound 
And all the earth be shaken. 
Then all who in their graves are found 
Shall from their sleep awaken; 
But all that live shall in that hour 
By the Almighty’s boundless pow’r 
Be changed at His commanding. 

3. A book is opened then to all, 
A record truly telling 
What each hath done, both great and small, 
When he on earth was dwelling; 
And ev’ry heart be clearly seen, 
And all be known as they have been 
In tho’ts and words and actions. 

4. Then woe to those who scorned the Lord 
And sought but carnal pleasures, 
Who here despised His precious Word 
And loved their earthly treasures! 
With shame and trembling they will stand 
And at the Judge’s stern command 
To Satan be delivered. 

5. O Jesus, who my debt didst pay 
And for my sin wast smitten, 
Within the Book of Life, oh, may 
My name be also written! 
I will not doubt; I trust in Thee, 
From Satan Thou hast made me free 
And from all condemnation. 

6. Therefore my Intercessor be 
And for Thy blood and merit 
Declare my name from judgment free 
With all who life inherit, 
That I may see Thee face to face 
With all Thy saints in that blest place 
Which Thou for us hast purchased. 

7. O Jesus Christ, do not delay, 
But hasten our salvation; 
We often tremble on our way 
In fear and tribulation. 
Then hear us when we cry to Thee; 
Come, mighty Judge, and make us free 
From every evil! Amen.