“I [the rich man] beg you, father [Abraham], send Lazarus [the beggar] to my father’s house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place [Hades] of torment.” Abraham replied, “They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.” “No, father Abraham,” he said, “but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.” He [Abraham] 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.” (Luke 16:27–31, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Many are aware of the story. The rich man, who enjoyed the luxuries of life, after death was in agony from the flames. Meanwhile the Lazarus, who had to beg for a living had also died. Now he was enjoying the pleasures or Paradise. The rich man wanted his brothers forewarned so they would change their ways. Abraham, who was in Paradise with Lazarus, states that “they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” One would think that someone rising from the dead would be very convincing. Someone did rise from the dead, and multitudes remain unconvinced.
My Advice – Let’s do what we can so that people will be convinced by the risen LORD.