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Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus: the eternal consequences of a sated oblivion

Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus The parable of the rich man and Lazarus doesn’t just appear out of nowhere. It comes in a context that began in Luke 15:1-2. Tax collectors and sinners are flocking to Jesus. In the language of our previous passage, they are forcefully entering the kingdom of God. But the Pharisees do not approve. Jesus has gone back and forth from that occasioning incident, first telling the Pharisees three parables of lost things, then…

The Kingdom Like Black Friday: Everyone Forces His Way into It

Jesus said, somewhat enigmatically, “The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it.” (Luke 16:16) Nobody truly yet casually comes to Christ. The Context These verses are set between two parables, the parable of the unjust steward and its application, and the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. But to appreciate these verses, we must actually look to a larger block of…

Emulate a Thief? ~ The Unjust Steward

The Parable of the Unjust Steward, found in Luke 16:1-13, is widely regarded as Jesus’ hardest parable. The church has struggled with it for ages. The nature of the difficulty lies in the fact that a man acts unrighteously, defrauding his boss, and yet he appears to be praised by his boss and held up by Jesus as an example for his disciples to follow. The Setting This parable shares the same context as the well-known Parable of the Prodigal…

Hate Your Parents? ~ Luke 14:25-35

In Luke 14:25-35, Jesus tells us, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” Some will dismiss Christianity altogether because of such a statement, much as they dismissed Jesus when he said they must eat his flesh and drink his blood (John 6:48-58). But let us, instead, wrestle in faith with this difficult language. Hate Your…