Only at Death?

It’s sad, tragically sad, if we see the truth only when it is too late to do anything about it. We’re motoring through life dealing with the here and now, chugging along. Then, death. The end of life on earth. Another life, one chosen on earth, begins. Too late we realize our eternal destiny is determined on earth. We see it now. The truth was right there all the time, but we missed it, or ignored it, or resisted it.

That’s the story of Lazarus and the rich man (Luke 16:19-31). Only at death did the rich man see the truth. In torment the rich man begged, “Send Lazarus to warn my five brothers.”

To his request, father Abraham said, “They have Moses and Prophets, let them hear them.”

The rich man: “No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.”

Father Abraham: “If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.”

This is a powerful warning to us and our world. Jesus has risen from the dead. The eternal God became man and lived among us. He brought us truth from outside this world. He lived among us doing God’s will on earth as He had done it in Heaven. We have seen God and His perfection in flesh. Jesus fulfilled all that the Scriptures foretold. He died on the Cross to forgive our sins and reconcile us to God. He rose from the dead to give us new life, eternal life.

But even that isn’t enough to convince.

How sad if we only realize at death that we missed the truth.

Father, I know I’m missing so much that’s right before my eyes. Please open my eyes to SEE. Put Your finger on truth and light it up for me. Put Your finger on my heart and mind.  I’m so dense. Shape me to Christ, to grace and truth. I want to fully live the mystery.

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