My Dad gave his life to Jesus when he was a teenager, and he loved the Lord, and lived a life that honored God. When he was about 16, his older sister, Mildred, who was about to be married, got sick and died unexpectedly at home.
I have Daddy's Bible, where he wrote in the margin of Luke 16, that this is the passage that convicted him of his own sin, and his need to repent and receive forgiveness through Jesus. He realized then, that each person has to come to Jesus personally, and that, if we put it off until we are 'older', we have no guarantee of tomorrow.
“There was a certain rich man,” Jesus said, “who was splendidly clothed and lived each day in mirth and luxury.One day Lazarus, a diseased beggar, was laid at his door.As he lay there longing for scraps from the rich man’s table, the dogs would come and lick his open sores.Finally the beggar died and was carried by the angels to be with Abraham in the place of the righteous dead.The rich man also died and was buried,and his soul went into hell.There, in torment, he saw Lazarus in the far distance with Abraham.
“‘Father Abraham,’ he shouted, ‘have some pity! Send Lazarus over here if only to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in these flames.’
“But Abraham said to him, ‘Son, remember that during your lifetime you had everything you wanted, and Lazarus had nothing. So now he is here being comforted and you are in anguish.And besides, there is a great chasm separating us, and anyone wanting to come to you from here is stopped at its edge; and no one over there can cross to us.’
“Then the rich man said, ‘O Father Abraham, then please send him to my father’s home—for I have five brothers—to warn them about this place of torment lest they come here when they die.’
“But Abraham said, ‘The Scriptures have warned them again and again. Your brothers can read them any time they want to.’
“The rich man replied, ‘No, Father Abraham, they won’t bother to read them. But if someone is sent to them from the dead, then they will turn from their sins.’
“But Abraham said, ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t listen even though someone rises from the dead.’”
Remember the former things of old,for I am God, and there is no other. I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, “My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My good pleasure,”
As I was reading in Genesis 22 this morning, I was amazed again at Abraham's words to his son Isaac:
"God will provide for Himself the Lamb."
About a thousand years later Mount Moriah would be the site for the temple that Solomon built, and about a thousand years after that it was the place where the Lord Jesus Christ would be crucified, becoming God's provision to cleanse us from sin, and clothe us with His righteousness.
Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the Lord it will be provided.” Gen. 22:14
I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”