Summary: When someone we loved passed on to be with the Lord. There may not be answers to the questions we have in our hearts. We received the comfort from the Lord as found in John Chapter 11.
Dear family and friends of Bro Johnny,
We are gathered here to remember our departed brother Johnny.
1) WE CAN HAVE QUESTIONS.
The circumstance by which Johnny is taken away from us is indeed very sad. No one had expected Johnny to go home to be with the Lord so suddenly. It has caused our hearts to be grieved at his departure, especially to those knew him well and work closely with him for many years.
It is something we do not understand and do not have the answer.
My message is found in John 11. Jesus was informed that Lazarus was very sick. He stayed on where he was for another two days. When Jesus arrived, Lazarus had died for four days. To the sisters of Lazarus, in a sense they felt that Jesus could have rushed down to save the life of their brother. But he did not do what they had expected him to do.
It is understandable that both Martha and Mary made the statement to Jesus.
A. John 11:21 "Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
B. John 11:32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
We have many questions, but we do not have all the answers. I am not here to offer answers.
But Jesus did not stop Martha and Mary from bringing their questions and burden to him.
There are occasions recorded for us when the Psalmists question God.
“Why, O LORD, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” (10:1)
“Why have you forgotten me?” (42:9b)
“Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?” (44:24b)
“How long, O God, is the foe to scoff? Is the enemy to revile your name forever?” (74:10)
It is a human response to pain and suffering to ask God honestly with our questions. Even the Son of God on the cross cried out “My God My God why have you forsaken me?” (Mk 15:34).
However, we must be that there may never be answers to our question of why this or that happen, God wants us to trust him despite of our circumstances.
And remember, as we’ve seen from the Psalms, questioning God and trusting Him go hand-in-hand. In fact, He’s the right one to ask, because He’s in control. And when you do question God, make sure that you take a leaf out of the Psalmist’s book, remember who God is, be reverent, honor Him and affirm the truths you know of Him.
2) JESUS WEPT WITH US.
Jn 11: 35 JESUS WEPT. He wept at the tomb of Lazarus. He experienced the grieve, mourning and hopelessness of humanity. This was not the original plan and purpose of God at the time of Creation. God did not create man to die. Death became our reality after sin entered the world.
When one demands an answer concerning pain, suffering and death from God, God gave the person Jesus. His answer is Jesus, the Son of God. All the answer to our questions concerning death, suffering and death is found at the cross of Calvary. Because God came in the flesh and dwell among men to share in our pain and suffering. He suffered with us and wept with us.
Ps 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His saints.”
3)JESUS GIVES US AN ETERNAL HOPE
Not only is the answer in the person of Jesus. Jesus points us to the future. The very essence of the word HOPE is in the future. Everyone who is alive today will one day die. We do not know when, but it is a manner of time. Whether it is sooner or later, the fact is that we all will die one day. Jesus tells us that there is hope for us who believes in him.
Jn 11:25 Jesus said to her, "I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
Johnny is in a better place. I believe that he does not want to be overly sad and grieved.
Rev 21:3,4 tells us that one day God will make his dwelling place among his people. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 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.”
Johnny is now in a better place because he is with Jesus now.