The big divide – 2018.02.13

Between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.
Luke 16:26

There once was a very rich man, who lived every day wonderfully and with great joy. Before his front door lived a poor man named Lazarus, whose body was full of ulcers. Lazarus would have loved to eat the leftovers of the rich man. But the dogs came and licked his ulcers. When Lazarus died, the angels carried him into Abraham’s lap. The rich man also died and was buried. In the underworld he suffered terrible torment. When he looked up, he saw Lazarus in Abraham’s lap and cried: “Father Abraham, have mercy! Send Lazarus with a few drops of water to cool my tongue! But Abraham said, “You have had your share of the good in your lifetime, while Lazarus had only bad things. Now he is comforted, and you must suffer. Besides, between us is this insurmountable abyss, no one can change sides now.

When I thought about the story, I imagined a giant vacuum cleaner. First, he sucked away all the bad things we have here: The wars and all weapons of murder, the poisons that make our lives difficult, fraud, lies and theft, murder and manslaughter and bad talk about each other. It sucked away all the sin, and all the guilt. It sucked away all the filth surrounding the earth and us. And what was left? Only the good that God has created. Earth became like heaven, simply heavenly, full of joy, no more evil!
And then I saw the giant vacuum cleaner again. This time it sucked away all the good things. The clouds, the sun, the stars, the music, the colours, the forgiveness, the joy, the love and all mercy. What remained war horrible! Darkness, hopelessness, a lack of joy, peace, love, only loneliness and despair, mother and son hating each other, lies and deception! Yes, that’s how it will be when there is nothing left of God.
Today we can decide how we want to live: With God or without. And the way we decide, that’s how it will be: All evil disappears or everything divine passes away. It is terrible when God leaves us to our thinking and we will be alone with ourselves. Nothing divine, no light, no hope, nothing!
It will be heavenly when our hope becomes true and we will be with Him! Finally evil no longer exists! Finally we are completely filled and touched by love! At last the battle ends, and we are safe in Abraham’s lap. How good it will be!

Thank you, Jesus! Already now I can cling to you and be secure in you. Evil is vanquished! Certainly, death and sin still exist, but with you I am victorious. Yes, Lord, You are my Redeemer, my Saviour, my friend and consolation.

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