TITLE: Just Another Day?
By Marlin Prentice
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The poor man lay motionless at the side of the road, only a few feet outside the rich man’s gate. The dust from the passing wagons and chariots blanketed his frail body. Every bone of his famished frame jutted out from beneath his sun-scorched, sore- infested skin. His only comfort was the thought of the young lad, who had stopped just a few days before and told him the wonderful story of the coming of the Messiah. If he could only hold on a few days more, perhaps this Jesus would pass by and have mercy on him. There was certainly no one else who was going to reach out to help the likes a filthy, starving beggar. Why he couldn’t even get anyone to drop him a couple of leftover crumbs from the rich man’s table. He had never felt so tired and weak. Suddenly, the noise of the street faded away and an overwhelming joy and peace flooded his soul. The pain, the hunger, the fear had vanished.
He sat proudly at the head of the seemingly endless, banquet table. It stretched nearly the entire length of his vast dining room. The countless, bowls and platters were brimming with every delicacy imaginable. It was a feast fit for a king. And why not, after all he was one of the richest men in the city. His gluttonous body testified unmistakably that this was by far his favorite pastime. What more could a man ask for he thought, as lifted his wine glass toward the heavens. Every eye stared in unbelief as a look of sheer horror suddenly flooded the rich man’s face. The wine glass slipped from his outstretched fingers and shattered on the floor. He clutched at his chest. “Call the physician!” he gasped, struggling desperately for another breath of air. His heart felt as if it were about to explode. His screams never reached the ears of the guests lining the long banquet table. They only saw him lunge forward and collapse in a lifeless heap on the cold tile floor.
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (KJV)
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