Summary: Funeral Sermon for a couple, killed in a car accident, who had fallen out of church for a few years.
FUNERAL: Billy and Judy Reece 050612
I. THE QUESTIONS OF OUR HEARTS
A. The question we are all asking ourselves: Did Billy and Judy go to
1. There are problems with with us even asking such a question. It
puts us in the posistion of being judge over someone’s eternal
destiny. We are not judges, we are those who one day be judged.
2. When we try to judge people, we ususually end up judging them by
our standards. “Did this person have a lifestyle or habits which I
consider to be somewhere a little lower, a little more sinful than
mine?” We judge people accorning to our flawed human reason
and logic rather than searching the word of God—the Bible for
3. If we are not the judge, then who is? I hope we all know the answer
to that question. The Judge is our Creator, the King and Ruler of
4. He is the One who sparked life and gave us a soul at the instant of
conception. He is the One who gave us our first breath as we
came from our mother’s womb. He is the one who collects our
breath as we breathe our last.
5. It is interesting to know that in Hebrew and in Greek, the languages
of the Bible, the word breath can be translated breath or spirit. So
God gave us our spirit, and when we pass from this earth, He
captures it again.
6. The spirits of Billy and Judy are at this very moment in the hands of
God—the judge of everyone who has ever drawn breath.
7. Our next question is: What do you think God will do now that Billy
and Judy are in His hands?
II. HERE IS WHAT WE KNOW
A. Billy and Judy a few years back accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord—
or at least the recommitted themselves to this truth.
1. Their lives were turned around. They left the old man behind. They
became new creations.
2. Miracles began to happen for them. Retribution which was due
them for past acts was stopped in its tracks by the mighty hand of
a merciful God.
ILL. I don’t remember all the details—I try not to remember people’s sins and short comings since I have so many of my own. But I remember Billy was going before an earthly judge—He was guilty—the penalty would be severe. I believe the penalty would require him to do some time. The church prayed—we prayed for mercy. Billy admitted his wrong, but also gave testimony as to the work that Jesus was doing in his life. God got involved. And as is the case in every occasion, when we tie our lives in knots, then give our tangled mess back to God, God immediately begins working, untangling that knot.
I’m ashamed that I don’t remember as clearly as I should, but I believe that the judge sentenced him to a number of months of mandatory church attendance here at PCC—When you consider some of my sermons, you must know--that’s hard time my friends that some might consider cruel and unusual punishment.
3. Here is something else we know. We wish we didn’t but
unfortunately we do. Billy and Judy fell out of church. I’m sure the
devil gave them plenty of excuses that seemed like well-formed
4. As they fell out of the Christian fellowship, some of the old ways
began to creep and seep back in. I do not know to what degree
and do not want to know.
--This is the thing that causes us to become judges and ask that
problematic question as to where they will spend eternity.
5. Yet we feel we must know. Dear family, you are grieving. Truth be
told, it is this question which grieves you the uttermost. The idea
that you will not see them again here on the earth is a distant
6. If we could just gain some sort of assurance that we will see them
one day, we will grieve, but we will be OK.
7. Where can we acquire this assurance? Where can we find the
peace we need? I’ve already told you—it’s in God’s word, the
III. CONSIDER GOD’S CHARACTER
A. 1 John 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because
God is love.
1. We do not serve a vengeful, mean spirited god, as the Muslims do.
2. Throughout Old and New Testaments we are told we serve a God
who loves us no matter what. Roman’s 8:35, 39 Who shall
separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship
or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?...
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will