Our text is from Luke 16:24. 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.
Our text is from the famous passage of Luke 16 where a man named Lazarus and a rich man (unidentified), dies. Lazarus ends up in a place of rest and the rich man wakes up in hell. Death doesn’t discriminate against status, popularity, or wealth.
Perhaps there were joyous times in the house of the rich man while he lived among his family and friends. He had anything he desired and more. No doubt he may have seemed happy and had a happy-go-lucky life style. There were times perhaps that he made fun of those that were not as well off financially as him and he may have even joked about those less fortunate then him.
But as will happen to all one day they both died.
Here is where our text picks up. It’s no joking matter. While Lazarus ends up in a place of comfort and rest, the rich man now is in a place of torment, loneliness, unhappiness, regret, and damnation forever. No joking matter. I suppose just knowing that you are there forever would certainly be no joking matter. Torment is no joking matter. Unhappiness is no joking matter. Knowing that people you once knew and joked about is much better off than you will be no joking matter. Regretting that you could have gotten saved and didn’t is and will be no joking matter. The rich man knew that many of his own family members where heading to the same place as he was. Certainly no joking matter, as a matter of fact Hell and the lake of fire in any since of the word is no joking matter.
May God help you to see the importance of getting saved now while you have time because going to Hell is… no joking matter.