Hades Secret Desire                Luke 16:19 – 31          March 19, 2017

  1. The rich man eats and dresses well
    1. He thought he had life all figured out
    2. Didn’t need anything more than his money
  2. The poor man would be happy to be fed like a dog
    1. Had nothing – His most valuable thing was his faith
  3. Rich or Poor – we will all find our human experience coming to an end sometime
    1. We don’t know when
    2. We usually don’t know how
    3. But we are only here for a short time, THEN eternity
    1. You will find healing and peace
    2. You will find love and deep relationships
    3. Not much is said about Heaven here because it is not the focus of this parable
  5. IN HELL:
    1. You will KNOW you messed up
      1. Woke to TRUE TERROR
      2. Any relationship is far away
        1. No friends in sight
        2. No parties
        3. Just pain, anxiety, loneliness – total anguish
  • Any compassion is far away
    1. Complete and total separation from God
    2. Any grace and mercy is FAR REMOVED
  1. You will experience ANGUISH and PAIN far greater than you could ever imaging
    1. Torment and Anguish from the eternal flame
    2. Mark 9:47-49 “And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.” ESV
  • Not even a vapor from a tiny drop of water to ease your burnt lips and all consuming thirst.
  1. You will KNOW that it is TOO LATE to change your FATE and ETERNITY
    1. Great Chasm is FIXED
    2. NONE may cross
    3. Your FATE is sealed
  2. Hebrews 9:27-28 “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appears a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” ESV
      1. You will suddenly become very EVANGELISTIC
      2. You will WANT others to hear the Gospel
  • You will WANT someone, ANYONE go and tell
  1. All your “Good Excuses” gone only REALITY remains
  2. Others hearing the Word of God is suddenly Number one on your agenda
  3. Hoping upon hope that they may be spared the SAME FATE as you
    1. They have already heard and turned away
  4. The time to find God’s Redemption is NOW!
    1. Later is not guaranteed
    2. There is one way…and ONLY One way to escape the torment of hades flame:
      1. By GRACE alone through FAITH alone in CHRIST alone!
    3. Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” ESV
  5. The time to SHARE THE GOSPEL is NOW!
    1. Later is not guaranteed
    2. Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” ESV