"Now the poor man (Lazarus) died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom..."
dies a perishable body,
sown in dishonor, raised in glory
sown in weakness, raised in power
When a person dies:
PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE/MEMORY CONTINUES
your spirit goes into hades/heaven
and you are the same person that you were on earth
HIS NATURAL AFFECTION CONTINUES
"I beg you father Abraham, send him (lazarus) to my... five brothers, to warn them no to come to this place of torment."
Q: do you think that my husband remembers me in heaven?
A: dear lady, do you think that your husband is going to know less in heaven than he did on earth?
of course he remembers you
he remembers you with CLARITY
and not only that he continues to love you
of course he continues to love you
in fact he continues to love you with a much purer love
relationship in heaven:
we are not going to be married in heaven, we will be like an angel in heaven.
but of course in heaven,
my mother will be known to me as my mother
my father will be known to me as my father
those kind of personal relationship will continue.
DR. ERWIN LUTZER
pastor - moody church - chicago, IL