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Summary: Memorial roll sermon. 1. Blessed are the dead? Surely not! 2. Blessed are the dead...WHO DIE IN THE LORD 3. They will have rest from their labors. 4. Their deeds follow them.

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February 1, 2004

Title: Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord

Text: Rev. 14:13

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on."

"Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them." Rev 14:13 (NIV)

Introduction

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Body

1. Blessed are the dead

A. Wait a minute! Blessed are the dead...

that can’t be right!

death is a bad thing...

death is a horrible thing...

death is the great unknown.

how can a voice from heaven proclaim "blessed are the dead"?

B. That word blessed is frequently translated as "Happy"?

happy are the dead?

many times, when the end of life comes...

there is suffering...

there is pain...

there is separation...

there is heartache...

how can we believe that the dead are to be happy?

C. Almost a year ago, I preached Marge Cross’ funeral.

for my text, I used in part, 1 Corinthians 15:55, "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" 1 Cor 15:55 (NIV)

And we acknowledged that death does sting...

death can be very painful...

I mentioned how Jesus Himself experienced the pain of death when His friend Lazarus died...

Scripture tells us that "Jesus wept"

Jesus Himself, when He was dieing on the cross...

we don’t picture Christ as being particularly happy.

Happy are the dead?...

that doesn’t seem right...

maybe we should read on in our text...

2. Blessed are the dead...who die in the Lord

A. Here we have the answer!...

blessed are the dead...WHO DIE IN THE LORD!

Those who know Jesus...

those who have invited Christ into their hearts...

those who remain faithful...

when they die...they are blessed.

they are happy.

B. Why?

well, there are many reasons...

perhaps they are happy because death has brought relief from their pain...

Scripture tells us "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away" Rev 21:4 (NIV)

maybe they are happy because of the wonders of heaven...

streets of gold...that sort of thing...

I’m sure they are happy because they literally see Jesus face to face!

This, to me, is the absolute best reason...

to see Jesus...

to worship Him...

to bow before Him...

to hear Him speak...

well...I can think of no greater happiness...

no greater blessing.

C. But, our text lists other reasons that are quite fascinating...

3. They will rest from their labor

A. Scripture tells us that those who die in the Lord are blessed...

because they will have rest from their labor.

And you can believe it...

because these words come from the Holy Spirit Himself.

B. But what labor?

our earthly jobs?

cleaning house?

washing the car?

working 9-5?

Certainly, that stands to reason...

when we die...we certainly don’t have to do the chores any more...

we don’t have to work at a job that we don’t like.

C. But there is another kind of labor...

I think Paul says it best, in Colossians 1:28-29 "We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me." Col 1:28-29 (NIV)


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commented on Aug 10, 2017

2 b a child of GOD & 2 think about life after death is something i dwell on often; my wife od'd on heroin in 2011; she died loving JESUS CHRIST! ( PRAISE THE LORD!) She is w/JESUS! There is NO greater GLORY 4 a human being 2 wish for! "To live is CHRIST, & 2 DIE IS GAIN!" (GLORY!!) I dunno about CHRISTians who fail 2 see GOD/JESUS in the Light of GLORY; this world is not my home, I'm just passin' thru. Thru 2 where? ONE WITH JESUS. With NO SIN 2 bar the ecstasy! Ty 4 allowing me 2 participate! SM

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