Tuesday, May 13, 2014

What's In A Name

Yesterday as a part of the series “Heaven Is For Real” I shared the parable Jesus taught about Heaven & Hell known as the parable of the Rich man and Lazarus. Without even reading these verses in Luke 16:19-31, a great lesson is revealed just by carefully considering the title. Take a moment to think about the difference in this title, between the two men.
The difference is, only one of them has a name.
The rich man in hell has no name.  No name that is, known to Christ.  He had and enjoyed many things on earth: lovely home, fine clothing and gourmet food, position of honor- Just not a relationship with the God of heaven.  His money could not buy that.  I'm sure they knew his name at the bank, the car dealership, the club. But not in heaven. That’s not to say rich people can’t go to heaven, of course they can, but money is not the ticket in.

Lazarus, by contrast, had and enjoyed very little of material things.  But he is the true rich man in the story.  Because what he did have was worth far more than all of the rich man's things put together.  Lazarus had a name known to God.

"I have called you by name; you are mine!" Isaiah 43:1.

Jesus’ death on a cross redeems the whole world.  But only those who put their trust in Him, and Him alone, have their names written in the book of life and on the lips of the Good Shepherd: "He calls His own sheep by name" John 10:3.

God has blessed you in many ways.  But nothing compares with knowing that your name is known to Him!
Your pastor and partner in ministry,

Father/Son Fishing Trip
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Time: 5:30-7:30pm
RSVP to: mans@celebratejesus.org 

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