On the afternoon of March 5, 2003, Mahmoud Humdan Kwasma stepped on to bus #37 in Haifa, Israel, and detonated explosives strapped to his body. Fifteen Israelis, including Abigail Litle, a believer in Yeshua haMashiach (the Lord Jesus Christ) were killed. What would Jesus say to the suicide bomber?
Jesus might say, “There was a certain suicide bomber who was clothed with an explosive belt and full of hatred. But there was also a thirteen-year-old girl named Abigail, full of life and love for people, both Israelis and Arabs. Desiring to see peace between these people, she joined the Children Teaching Children program at the Jewish-Arab Center for Peace at Givat Haviva (Matt. 5:9). Moreover, she had the answer to peace in the Middle East. The real Road Map to Peace was narrow because it only went through Me, the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6, 7; Matt. 7:13,14; Rom. 5:1). For I have said, ‘I Am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’ (John 14:6) and ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life’” (John 3:16).
“So it was that the young girl died in a horrific explosion, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The suicide bomber also died when he blew himself up. And being in torments in Hades (Hell) L (II Pet. 3:9), he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Abigail ‘safe in the arms of Jesus.’ J Then he cried and said, ‘Father Ibrahim, the one who is buried in my hometown of Hebron, have mercy on me. This is not Paradise and there were not 70 virgins waiting for me when I got here! Send Abigail that she may dip the tip of her finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’”
“But Abraham said, ‘Mahmoud, remember that in your lifetime you rejected my Seed, the Lord Jesus (Gal. 3:16). On the other hand, when I believed that God would send a Redeemer, it was accounted to me for righteousness; so also Abigail, when she trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior, God declared her righteous as well’” (Gen. 15:6; Gal. 3:6-9; Phil. 3:3-9; Rom. 4:1-5).
“Abraham went on to say, ‘And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’”
“Then Mahmoud said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send Abigail to my father’s house that she may testify to my mother, lest she also come to this place of torment. [My father and two brothers are in jail]. My mother is telling everybody, “Do not treat those who have died for the path of Allah as dead, but rather as living with Allah and being fed by his hand.” That is not so, she has been deceived, for I am thirsty, in torment, and alone!’”
“Abraham said to him, ‘They have Musa and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And Mahmoud said, ‘No, father Ibrahim; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent (change their minds).’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead. In fact, the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, in love, died on Calvary’s Cross to pay for all your sins and bodily rose from the dead, yet you were not persuaded, and did not put your trust in Him’.”
Any similarities to the account in Luke 16:19-31 is purely intentional.