I See Dead People
or, If the Dead Could Speak, What Would They Say?
Clip – “once upon a time” bedtime story clip from “6th Sense” end – “I see dead people.”
M. Night Shamalyan’s movie
- They don’t see each other
- They only see what they want to see
- They don’t know they’re dead
- They’re everywhere
Bible says to know God is to have life and to not have him is to be dead.
John Edwards (the other one) has a popular TV show called, “Crossing Over”. Plays on people’s desire to talk to family/friends who have died.
It’s not happening. It’s a deception. There is a distinct line between this life and hell, between this life and heaven.
But Jesus gave us a wonderful gift. “What would the dead say to us, if they could communicate with us?”
19 "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.
20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores
21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried.
23 In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.
24 So he called to him, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.'
25 "But Abraham replied, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.
26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.'
27 "He answered, 'Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father's house,
28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.'
29 "Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.'
30 "'No, father Abraham,' he said, 'but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.'
31 "He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'"
Sometimes we don’t think about important issues with the intensity that we should.
“luxury” -> “flamboyance” . He’s living the “dream”.
Poor man – lives at the opposite extreme of the lifestyle spectrum.
Beggar died. Rich man died. Death is the great equalizer.
Scene shifts from life on the earth – this life – to the next life which consists of 2 different places.
- Rich man goes to hell, not because he’s rich.
- Poor man is named – “Lazarus”. Only time is scripture that a specific name is used in a parable.
- Rich man’s requests:
è cool my tongue. No, there is a fixed chasm.
è send messengers to tell my family. No, they have heard and continue to hear what they need to hear in order to believe.
1. Hell is no joke (v. 23)
- It’s hot. It’s lonely. It’s a place of unexplainable agony.
- Our church exists to warn people about the consequences of their choices. The choice is made in this life and the consequence of the choice is lived out forever!
- Do you know that there is not one single atheist in hell!
- Once people arrive, they are convinced.
- Hell is a place where when you go there, you never get to come back!
- “Well, God
- Now, 82% believe in heaven and 71% believe in hell
- My chances of going to heaven are good to excellent – 78%
- Going to hell? – only 4%
2. There are no second chances (v. 26)
- “chasm that is fixed” -- means it’s final.
- You get all the chances you need while you’re alive.
- Guess what, in this life, we don’t know when the chances will end.
- After you’ve died -- no more options! It is set. The consequence of your choice is forever!
3. The choice is urgent (v. 27-29)
- Too much of our time is spent playing games with God, wasting time, wasting opportunities.
- We can either choose to live for God or reject Him.
- 60 million people die every year. 150,000 a day, 6,000 people an hour , 100 people every minute.
- When Calvin Coolidge was vp, presiding over senate, 2 senators in a heated exchange. One said to the other, “You can go straight to hell.” Coolidge looked as though he didn’t hear it. No obvious reaction, just flipping through papers and a book in front of him. Finally the one senator who had been urged to go to hell appealed to the vice president, “Aren’t you going to say anything?” Mr. Coolidge looked up and said, “I’ve been looking at the rule book and you don’t have to go!”