June 27, 2021
Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties. After all, everyone dies—so the living should take this to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us. A wise person thinks a lot about death, while a fool thinks only about having a good time. (Ecclesiastes 7:2-4 NLT)
“It’s the business of every day of your life to prepare for the last day of your life.” —Matthew Henry
One day you will die, and your death will be a defining moment in your life and then your funeral will be a defining moment in the life of someone else.
…Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. (Luke 7:11-12)
Jesus saves us from the fear of death.
Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, he likewise shared in their humanity, so that through death he could destroy the one who holds the power of death (that is, the devil), and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death. (Hebrews 2:14-15 NET)
A funeral is a defining moment in three ways:
- It honors the one who has died.
- It offers comfort and hope to those who mourn.
- It reminds us Jesus is the only answer to death.
When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” (Luke 7:13)
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, he saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18)
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. (Luke 7:14-15)
Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. (Luke 1:1-4)
Don’t be afraid, just believe. (Mark 5:36)
“Why all this commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. (Mark 5:39-40)
He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha, koum, (which means, little girl I say to you, get up!)” (Mark 5:41)
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:1-6)