06 April 2012
A bird's-eye view of Hell!
"I beg you, father Abraham--send Lazarus to my father's house! For I have five brothers, and I want him to warn them so they don't end up in this place of torment!" Luke 16:27-28
Jesus takes off the covering from the bottomless pit--and gives us a bird's-eye view of Hell!
There is a young man there. He was rich. He was surrounded by a multitude of earthly goods. He has forfeited them all--and now he is in Hell. His doom is fixed--and fixed forever. He cannot obtain one single drop of water to cool his parched tongue!
He finds that it is now no use asking favors for himself. But he has brothers--five brothers. Can he prevent their coming to Hell? He will try. He therefore prays that Lazarus may become a missionary--and be sent on a mission of mercy to his father's house. Hear him: "I beg you, father Abraham--send Lazarus to my father's house!" Who would expect to find mercy in Hell--or pity in Hell--or prayer in Hell! But here it is!
Can earth be worse than Hell? Can professed Christians be worse than this lost soul? Shall lost souls in Hell wish to send someone to their ungodly relatives--if possible to prevent their damnation--and will you neglect your relatives? Has pity for the souls of your lost relatives no influence on you?
Is Hell only a fable?
Is eternal torment only a trifle?
How then, can you let them go to Hell without pity or concern?
Souls are perishing!
Hell is filling!
Time in flying!
Are you, can you be careless about the eternal happiness or eternal misery of the souls around you?
Where, O where is your pity for poor perishing sinners?
(James Smith, "A Voice from Hell!" 1856)