Summary: A eulogy for a woman who died, who had several physical challenges, but was raised in the church and knew the Lord. The sermon can be easily adapted to fit any person who dies in Christ.
... But his/her changes are over now! No more pains! No more troubles! No more issues! No more sorrows! Her corruptible can not put on incorruption, and his/her mortal can now put on immortality!
I’m about finished, but...
#1: There is Enlightenment in this word.
And #2: There is Excitement in this word.
And finally, #3: THERE IS ENCOURAGEMENT IN THIS WORD.
Paul closes his thoughts by issuing a challenge to all believers. In light of our victory in Jesus and in light of the fact that we are leaving here some day, there are three things the Lord would have us do.
First of all: We Are Encouraged To Be Firm.
We are called upon to make up our minds to take a stand for the Lord. We are to be “steadfast and unmoveable” In other words, we are to be steadfast and unmoveable in our faith.
Second of all: We Are Encouraged To Be Fruitful.
He says, “always abounding in the work of the Lord.” My sisters and brothers, we must strive to be about a good work — and we do that by allowing the Lord to live in us and control us.
And finally, We Are Encouraged To Be Faithful Knowing That One Day, We’ll Get Our Reward. Paul says that a life lived for Jesus is a life worth living — and in the end, your faith in Christ will be vindicated and your faith in Christ will be validated. I heard him say, “forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” In other words, “There’s a payday, someday!”
Yes... on that great resurrection day; that great reunion day; that great reward day, we shall rest from all of our laborers and spend eternity in the glorious presence of the Lord.
... And so, as I take my seat... you need not worry about ______________________ . Yes...she may have had her challenges, but he/she was raised to know who Jesus is! And because she knew who Jesus is, though her earthly eyes are shut, her spiritual eyes are open! Although she’s gone from here... it’s not goodbye, for “Every Shut Eye Ain’t Sleep and Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone!” — and if we live right, we’ll see her again!
CLOSE: I gotta quit, but I heard about a young preacher, who was going to visit an aged dying saint, and he went to comfort her and as they were talking she said to him, “Pastor, I’m not going to die.”
The preacher smiled and he said, “Oh, you have trusted in the Lord and He’s giving you comfort in the time of your death.” She says, “Oh no, Pastor; I don’t expect to die.”
Well he thought in her dying condition that her mind was wandering a little bit and he said, “Well then what makes you exempt from death?” She said, “Oh, I died a long time ago.” The young preacher said, “Sister... what do you mean?”
She said, “I died two thousand years ago! When Jesus died, I died! When He was crucified, I was crucified! And when He rose again, I rose again!
“O grave... where is thy victory? O death... where is thy sting?”
I don’t know about you, but I like what I’ve heard today! I praise God there is coming a changing day! Somebody said, we’ll be able to truly sing the song: I’m free... praise the Lord I’m free! No longer bound... no more chains holding me! My soul is resting! It’s just a blessing!