Parables of Crisis

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Rich Man & Lazarus

A parable of crisis is a forewarning of a coming judgement; whether or not you will have a place in the kingdom of god. "Rejoice in that day and leap for joy because great is your reward in heaven."

The Rich Man & Lazarus
Setting; Jesus speaking to Pharisees who love money.

Rich man lived in luxery everyday; Lazarus lay at his gate covered in sores; could not get a crumb from rich man's table; dogs licked wounds. When the beggar died, angels carried him to Abraham. Rich man also died and was buried. (Beggar not buried with dignity); Rich man begs for water as he was in agony and a place of torment; Abraham says no; Great chasm is fixed to keep those from crossing over; Asks to send Lazarus back to warn brothers; Abraham tells him they should listen to prophets.

Reversal of fortunes; those who suffer on earth will be rewarded in the afterlife; Rich Man calls Abraham 'father' but has no meaning without repentance. Jesus' teachings about humble throughout Luke.

"Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh"
"Bring rulers from throne but lift the humble"

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The Narrow Door

Jesus making way to Jerusalem; teaching along the way.
A man asks "Will only a few be saved?" Jesus tells them make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because the owner of the house will close it and you will plead to enter.

He will answer "I don't know you or where you came from." Weeping, you will see prophets in the Kingdom of God and you will be thrown out.

Message to make every effort to live a life for God; stay close to God; do not become a lazy Christian if you believe you are saved; continue to strive to be a good Christian.

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