If you miss the opportunity then you’ve missed it.

If you miss the opportunity then you’ve missed it.

 

Luke 16 v 27-31 “27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ 29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ 30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ 31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

The revelation of the Scriptures (the Law and the Prophets) all point to the fact that it is Jesus, the Messiah, standing amongst them.

But they missed it.

The rich man appeals to Abraham that if Lazarus bridged the chasm and went to the home/gate of his family then they would repent. In a prophetic moment in the parable Jesus speaks of his resurrection, ‘even if …’ but even then they would not listen. Jesus did cross over that chasm when he rose from the grave.

But they missed it.

The first readers of Luke would definitely be thinking of Jesus in this parable and how even his physical resurrection was not enough to convince the religious leaders and hardened Jews.

The point is if you have missed it then nothing will change that.

What did they miss?

Jesus, the Messiah of course.

But also the opportunity to be big-hearted to the poor. They were lovers of money and stingy with mercy. They missed the chance to have a generosity of heart, to be loving and kind. They did not open the gate to the poor, to those burdened by life, to people who were ‘below’ them.

The opportunity to be loving is here right now. Open the gate today. Swing wide your arms, embrace even those who you do not like.

We have those same opportunities today.

We will have so many excuses and reasons not to be so.

Let us not miss it.

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