Final destination, please? If you’ve heard that phrase uttered lately then you have likely taken a long plane ride somewhere because the question implies that you will have a layover somewhere before you reach your final destination. Layovers are common these days but what about a stopover; have you had one of those recently?
What’s the difference between a layover and a stopover you ask? Well, a layover is generally short in duration or at least that’s the plan. Sometimes they can be too short and leave you running across through concourse to reach your connecting flight before the door closes. And at other times you could watch the paint dry.
But a stopover is something different entirely. A stopover has an extended duration and can linger on for days or even months. Let’s say you lived in New York and flew from JFK to IAH in Houston for a two-day conference before flying on to LAX in Los Angeles to vacation with family. The brief interruption in Houston would be considered a stopover. But if asked you would likely say that your final destination is Los Angeles.
What does this have to do with the Gospel of Luke you asked; well you might be surprised to learn that many of your Christian family and friends may be enjoying a comfortable stopover in a desirable location in route to their ultimate destination for eternity. If that doesn’t pique your interest, then I don’t know what will.
Are you talking about heaven? Yep, the present one and the final one. What, they’re not the same? Nope, they are very different and so are the inhabitants.
Jesus gave us a great look inside paradise in our focal passage this week. In the story about Lazarus and the Rich Man we learn things about both heaven and hell, or at least about their existence today. But we can’t quit there, that’s just a stopover on the journey. Join us tomorrow and find out more about your final destination. Fasten your seat belts and secure your tray tables, it’s going to be a fun ride.
For more information about our current series, including study materials from previous weeks, please see Doubtless Living: The Gospel of Luke. You can also find several other Bible study series and other useful information on my blog available for download any time by visiting www.doubtlessliving.com.