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The Reality of Hell

Luke 16:19-31

The Rich Man and Lazarus

19 “Now a certain man was rich, and dressed in purple cloth and fine linen, feasting sumptuously every day. 20 And a certain poor man ⌊named⌋ Lazarus, covered with sores, lay at his gate, 21 and was longing to be filled with what fell from the table of the rich man. But even the dogs came and* licked his sores. 22 Now it happened that the poor man died, and he was carried away by the angels to ⌊Abraham’s side⌋. And the rich man also died and was buried. 23 And in Hades he lifted up his eyes as he* was in torment and* saw Abraham from a distance, and Lazarus ⌊at his side⌋. 24 And he called out and* said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he could dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am suffering pain in this flame!’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you received your good things during your life, and Lazarus likewise bad things. But now he is comforted here, but you are suffering pain. 26 And in addition to all these things, a great chasm has been established between us and you, so that those who want to cross over from here to you are not able to do so,* nor can they cross over from there to us.’ 27 So he said, ‘Then I ask you, father, that you send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, so that he could warn them, in order that they also should not come to this place of torment!’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they must listen to them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent!’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone rises from the dead.’ ” 

DUA questions developed by Brandon

DISCOVERY:

  1. What requests were denied from the rich man? v 24, 27-28
  2. What is the underlying meaning behind verse 25
  3. How did Abraham respond to the rich man? v25-26, 29

UNDERSTANDING:

  1. What exactly is hell? What does the great divide represent?
  2. Why would God create hell? What is the purpose of hell?
  3. The Bible says all has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. How can we escape our punishment of hell?

APPLICATION:

  1. Are you confident that you will go heaven when it’s your time to die? Why or why not?
  2. Do you know people in your life who have not accepted Christ? How can you begin to talk about Christ with them?


Addtional verses from Teacher Joseph’s preaching.

Isaiah 5:14

Therefore Sheol has enlarged its throat,
and it has opened wide its mouth without limit,
and her nobles will go down, and her multitude,
her tumult and those who revel in her

Isaiah 14:9

Sheol below is getting excited over you,
to meet ⌊you when you come⌋;
it arouses the dead spirits for you,
all of the leaders of the earth.
It raises all of the kings of the nations from their thrones.

2 Corinthians 2:21

He made the one who did not know sin to be sin on our behalf, in order that we could become the righteousness of God in him.

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Miracles on Jesus’ Death

Matthew 27:50-54 (NIV)

50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and[a] went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!

There were four miracles happened at the death of the Lord Jesus Christ

  1. darkness (from the 6th hour to the 9th hour darkness came over to all the land – v45)
  2. tearing of the temple’s curtain from top to bottom (v51)
  3. earthquake (earh shook, th rocks split – v53)
  4. rising of people from the tomb (v52-53)

The death of the Lord Jesus was very noticeable to everyone, believers or nonbelivers alike. If you were there, you would like to know who is this man? Is His teaching true?

Many bible scholars tried to explain v52-53 but Matthew didn’t gave us enough information who were raised, and whether they lived a normal life after their resurrection. Bible scholars studying writings of that time didn’t find information on these ressurections either – whether providing more data or writing to falsify what was written by Matthew.

As a follower of Jesus, I personally believed that these events were true or else Jesus’ enemy (those who crucified him) would do everything to destroy Jesus’ credibility. Note that the on Matthew 27:62-64 the chief priest and the Pharisees went to Pilate to ask him to station some guards on Jesus’ tomb because Jesus claimed that He will rise again after three days. Jesus’ enemy were afraid that the disciples would steal Jesus’ body and claim His ressurection. If this claim of Matthew is not true, then there should be writings against it. But nothing can be found because everyone knew the truth. 

Some bible scholars thought that perhaps Matthew made a mistake in his chronological order because the ressurection of Jesus should happen first before the ressurection of others. ESV, KJV and other bible translations were like this so that ressurection happens only after Jesus’ ressurection.

But would it really make a difference? Lazarus was bodily ressurected by the Lord Jesus Christ even before Jesus’ death and ressurection. God’s power is limitless and God can do miracles if He desired it. In heaven, God will tell us everything we wanted to know but for now I would focus my attention on things that are more beneficial – like discipleship. We know that some people were ressurected – but since we were never told what happened to them I will stop guessing and live with that mystery. God is still good anyway- all the time!

Matthew 27:52-53  (KJV)
52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

Matthew 27:52-53  (ESV)
52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, 53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.