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. Luke 16:22-23
I know you’ve probably heard the old saying, “I’ve never seen a hearse pulling a U-Haul.” It’s true, you can’t take your possessions with you. You can be buried with them. The Egyptians buried the Pharaoh with his treasures. But, hundreds of years later, archaeologists dig up the grave and find the treasures still there. No matter how we try, our “stuff” is not going to be with us in eternity.
But, with that said, there are a couple of things we do take with us…
Our memory and our conscience.
Do those who end up in hell remember the opportunities they had to accept Jesus and refused? I believe so. While being tormented in hell, The rich man remembered his brothers. He wanted someone to go warn them about hell. He knew that repentance would have saved him from hell, and wanted his brothers to know; not just hear it but believe it! His conscience made him know that he messed up, but he didn’t want that for the people he loved.
Have you ever had a memory remind you of something wrong you’ve done? I believe that those who go to hell will continue to be tormented by their memories.
In contrast, scripture tells us that in heaven, there will be no more sorrow, pain and tears (Rev. 21). We will be fully relieved form the memories that cause us pain because our sins are removed from us (Psalm 103). There won’t be anything left to cause us to feel guilt or pain.
Even as Christians, we have a tendency to let out memories bring up things from the past that cause hurt feeling or guilt. But, don’t let it get you down too far; we all have these thoughts from time to time. One day, that will all be taken care of.
Just something to think about.
Until next time…
-Steven Walker Sr.