Summary: These are words of comfort for a believer that has passed away. i.e. This is a funeral sermon
I had the privelege to preach this sermon at my dear Grandmother’s funeral who passed away on February 2, 2006. It was an encouragement to my family and our friends who packed out a church to say our last goodbyes.
As we gather here this morning to remember the dear and precious life of ______________ I know that many of you are dealing with mixed emotions. On the one hand, there are emotions of great sadness. Sadness not for _______________ because _____________ is in a better place, but sadness because we have come today to say our final goodbye and pay our last respect to someone who was and will always be very dear to us.
But on the other hand, there is great joy in knowing that because of the relationship that ________________ had with the Lord that she is already in His presence. For the Bible say’s in:
2 Cor 5:6-8 in the NKJV “So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”
For the Christian there is no greater joy than to be in the presence of the One that loves them like no one else can.
So today is not a day of mourning but it is a day of celebration. It’s not a day of sorrow but truly a day of rejoicing. Today we come to remember the life of ___________________________ and reminisce over all the special moments that we had with her.
You see _________________ had a relationship that carried some wonderful promises found in John chapter 14:1-6. Let me read that portion of scripture to you.
John 14:1-6 "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know." 5 Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?" 6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
I. The First Promise to Christians is that We Don’t have to
Fear Death. Jesus said "Don’t let your hearts be troubled"
1) We are troubled when we don’t know what is going to happen when we die, but Jesus has taken the fear out of dying.
a) He has conquered the grave and death so there needs to be no fear in our eternal future.
Rev 1:17-18 "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore.
b) Do you know what the good news is this morning? Death had no hold on Him nor does it have a hold on us.
i) Because Christ conquered death there should be no fear for the Christian because through Christ we also conquer death.
2) We are Troubled when we view death as an end instead of a beginning.
2 Cor 5:1 "For we know that if our earthly house, this tabernacle, is destroyed, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."