This Week's Sermon (2-28-17)

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; 

And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 
And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 
And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. 
Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: 
For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 
Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 
And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 
And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. "   Luke 16:22-31


There is some disagreement among Evangelicals today as to whether the soul goes anywhere after physical death.

Some believe the soul stays in the grave until the resurrection.

It is quite evident from what Jesus said, that the rich man and the beggar did not stay in the grave after physical death...nor did Abraham.


It is also clear that Jesus told the criminal hanging there next to Him that he would not be left in the grave but will be with Him after physical death...even that same day.

" And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. "   Luke 23:42-43


Paul did not mention being left in the grave.

" We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. "   2 Corinthians 5:8

" For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: "   Philippians 1:23


James never mentioned soul sleep either.

" For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. "   James 2:26


John saw the souls of those who were slain because of their faith in Jesus. If their souls were still in the grave, then John would not have seen them in Heaven. 

" And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 
And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.  "   Revelation 6:9-11


My friend, when we draw that last breath in this earthly life, we will either be with Jesus in Heaven or in hell, depending on who we put our faith in.

I choose to believe in Jesus.

My wife also believed in Jesus as being quite literally the only way to Heaven, ( not merely one of many ways to Heaven as some people now think ) and I know she is in Heaven with Jesus because of her faith in Him.

Let me encourage all of you to put your faith in Jesus Christ and keep your faith in Jesus Christ to the end.

Wayne Brown