“… but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.” Abraham said to him, “If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.” – Luke 16:30-31
In a large crowd, Jesus told the story of a beggar named Lazarus who died and went to a heavenly reward. This could be seen by a rich man who also died, but he had been sent… elsewhere. Since it was too late for him, the rich man asked that Lazarus be sent back to earth to warn his brothers of the fate that awaited them if they didn’t change their ways. We see the response in today’s scripture. How interesting that, not too long after telling this story, Jesus’ real-life friend, also named Lazarus, was actually raised from his tomb (John 12:1). As Jesus predicted, bringing Lazarus back to life did not change the minds of those in the crowd that called for Jesus’ death just a short time later. It is not the power of our eyes, but of our hearts, that changes lives.
As I try to travel with You on this journey through the cross, may my faith grow with every step.
-Sue Breland, Journey Through the Cross: Meditations for Lent ©