There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:…
This parable is full of sharp contrasts.
1. There is the contrast in the life of these two men. The one rich, the other a beggar. The rich man had great possessions, yet one thing he lacked, and that was the one thing needful. Lazarus, the beggar, was after all the truly rich man, "as having nothing, and yet possessing all things."
2. Next, there is a contrast in the death of these two men.
3. And there is a contrast in the after time for these two men. The rich man was buried, doubtless, with great pomp. Some of us have seen such funerals. What extravagance and display take the place of reverent resignation and quiet grief! Of the beggar's burial place we know nothing.
4. But the sharpest contrast of all is in the world beyond, from which for a moment Jesus draws back the veil.
(H. J. Wilmot Buxton, M. A.)
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