Some months back, I shared some thoughts about the rich man and Lazarus, click here to read. Consider the following another episode in the same thought-line.
Focus: Luke 16:22(KJV)
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;
So the question I ask is: why was Lazarus carried into Abraham’s bosom?
The story in Luke 16: 19-31 suggests Lazarus suffered all / most of his life. He had no friends, relatives / family members who came to his aid when he needed them most. Lazarus was a beggar under the rich man’s table. He had no Church members who prayed for his healing, deliverance and well-being, no neighbors he could call for help, he had nobody to show him any form of love and care. Lazarus couldn’t have been the only poor man / the only beggar around the rich man’s environment, but his situation seems to be the worst. And even when dogs started licking his wounds, can you try to imagine that nobody, absolutely nobody, no friend, foe or stranger drove the dogs away? So Lazarus died and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom.
But even after making it to heaven, he was all alone. He arrived in Heaven with a beggar’s mentality, he couldn’t even smile, praise God or rejoice in that his life of pain on earth was over and eternity with God was his portion. Lazarus was fortunate enough to make it to Heaven but was unfortunate to sink in the love, peace and glory of God because he never experienced it while alive. Lazarus was like a fish out of water; like how a village man brought to the city for the first time feels looking at the tall buildings, green grasses, traffic lights and beautiful houses and feeling surprised, rather than pleased with his new reality.
Call it a shock, a surprise or whatever, but Lazarus was certainly not himself: the bright lights, the glory of God, the multitudes of angels praising and worshipping God, the Seraphims all crying “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come” must have so shocked Lazarus that he had to be deposited at Heaven’s reception: Abraham’s bosom, for a debriefing and rehabilitation session with God’s own friend(Abraham). The streets of Gold like transparent glass; the beauty of God, of Heaven and the Holy Angels; Heaven, the shining city with jasper walls, pearly gates and a jeweled foundation; the dazzling array of all types of colors beaming from all corners; the glory of the city and even the saints dwelling there, their white garments and the happiness, satisfaction and peace on their faces was strange to Lazarus. He had never seen anything like it.
Abraham’s bosom is Abraham’s bosom, and Heaven is Heaven. Heaven isn’t for beggars. Lazarus arrived in Heaven, didn’t know what to do, how to enjoy himself in Heaven, but needed an introductory lesson from Abraham.Lazarus needed an upgrade of his mentality. Lazarus must have suffered to much that his mentality conditioned to pain and mediocrity.
But I wonder:
I wonder what Abraham discussed with Lazarus. Yes, Lazarus was “comforted”(V25), good, but how about his expectation. The story doesn’t tell us he had one. Who was God to Lazarus? did Lazarus know anything about the old testament? did he ever hear any prohecy about the messiah? God revealed Himself to so many people in the Bible either for a warning or for a guide. Did God ever reveal himself to Lazarus? did Lazarus ever desire Gods revelaton? How, When, and why didn’t any form of God’s revelation make a change in his life while on earth?
In my opinion, the Christianity of today is totally, and way below the expectations of God almighty. God would not have sent His own Son to redeem mankind if after the redemption, man should still be bound by the devil, caged, terrorized and restricted in all corners, sick and laden with things that makes life totally unbearable, running helter skelter and living a life of fear of man, the devil, principalities and powers. The blood of Jesus Christ is worth billions of times more than that of an animal, and if the blood of an animal offered in sacrifice to God could help in atoning for sin and restoring a sinner to God’s favor, how much more the blood of Gods own son? The real question to be answered is: WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH THE BLOOD OF JESUS?
Why can’t you and I, who have been “raised up together, and made to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” live in total peace and complete victory? Why should we, while seated in heavenly places be fearing satan and his agents who millions and million miles far away below our feet?
No pun intended in all of the above, it is just to pass across a message. Lazarus is not an example that Christians should aspire to become, but a signpost to avoid, especially if we desire to enjoy and live out the full essence of Christ’s death on Calvary. Christ’s death on Calvary starts with victory over sin, reconciliation with God and the Bible confirms: all these other things would be added unto you. I would rather be an Elijah who rode Gods own Chariot to Heaven than a Lazarus, carried by angels and deposited at Abraham’s bosom.
How about you?
Your comments and opinions are welcome!