Summary: A funeral message for a 36 year old believer who died suddenly. The certainties that we have in a time of uncertainty.
Certainties Related to Death
It is natural to have feelings of sorrow at death. In First Thessalonians, The apostle Paul sought comfort those who had been mourning the death of their loved ones. Part of the sorrow and agony that the Thessalonians were going through was due to feelings of uncertainty and hopelessness. Paul tells them that excessive grief is a result of being uninformed and that as Christian we do not have to be like those who have no hope. Instead when we turn to the word of God we are provided with certainties that give us hope. Today I would like for us consider for certainties.
I. There is the certainty of death.
A First Corinthians 15:22 "… In Adam, all die…"
B Scripture says in Hebrews 9:27 because of our sin "it is appointed unto men once to die and after that the judgment."
C One of the things we can rejoice in is that for our brother in Christ the sting in his passing, which is sin, has been removed and so also the judgment. For Romans 8:1 says "there is therefore now no condemnation (that is there is no Great White Throne Judgment for sin) to them who are in Christ Jesus."
D For our brother, this appointment has been canceled because an earlier appointment was made and kept when he received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. Christ's death canceled sin's penalty and its judgment was born by the Lord in the sinners place on the cross.
E Although Christ's death canceled sins penalty for those who have committed their lives to Him, we still must face the effects of sin by experiencing physical death.
II. There is the certainty that Christ understands the sorrow associated with death.
A The sorrow of death is a reality. The Scripture speaks of death as being our enemy. It is our enemy because:
1 it separates man from his body
2 it separates us from our loved ones
3 it separates men who are without Christ forever from God removing them from all hope
B Christ understands the pain and the sorrow that we experience when someone dies. In John 11 we have the account of the death of Lazarus. Both Mary and Martha were heartbroken at the death of their brother. When Mary falls at the feet of Jesus weeping with tears we read that in response to her tears and those around her "Jesus wept".
C Hebrews 4:15 "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched (sympathize) with the feeling of our infirmities..."
D Christ's heart is touched, deeply touched, with sympathy for the sorrow of others. He wept because the mourning sisters Mary and Martha wept. He mingled His tears with theirs. He has true sympathy, "weeping with those that weep," making their sorrow His own.
E Hebrews 2:17 "For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people."
III. There is the certainty that the soul does not die.
A John 11:23-26 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die."