Just Announced: Philippians Sermon Series

Summary: This is a funeral sermon with thoughts of comfort.

Thoughts of Comfort

I would take nothing away from the grief you feel today. I would not say to you that everything is all right. Because it’s not and you know it. You hurt. And we know you will hurt for a long time. God made us so that we can have relationships with one another and when that relationship is lost we feel pain. You have lost a loved one - and it hurts.

Yet, I would like to speak a word of comfort today. It comes from John 14:1-6, where it says;

Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 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. And you know the way I am going. Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth and the life; no on comes to the Father, but through Me.

From this passage of scripture I find three thoughts of comfort.

The first is that peace is promised. Notice the words “Let not you heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me”. Yes, I know that today is a day of sadness - a day of grief, a day of mourning, yet even in the midst of this you can have peace. Why? Because we have faith - we believe. We believe that even in the midst of the storm - even in the valley of the shadow of death there can be a peace that pass all understanding - because we know that God is with us. The 23rd Psalm says that too, doesn’t it. “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.” He is here. He is present. Believe in Him - Trust in Him and God will grant you his perfect peace.

The second thought of comfort is that God has prepared a place for us. Did you notice that in John 14, it says; “I go to prepare a place for you.” The Bible tells us that in six days God created the heavens the earth,but just think, Jesus has been preparing a place for us for two thousand years. What a place that must be. The verse tells us that it is The Father’s house and that there are many rooms. A room for _____, a room for you - a room for me. Isn’t that a comforting thought? God has prepared a place for us.

The next thought of comfort is that God has prepared a way for us to get there. Everyone wants to go to heaven, some just don’t know the way. But Jesus tells us in John 14 that, “I am the way, I am the truth, I am the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.” We are all travelers on a road called life. There are many detours and many side streets. We don’t need to be confused - we don’t need to be lost. All we need to do is follow Jesus. He will show us the way - in fact He is the way. He will lead us and He will guide us. That’s comforting.

There is a song that we sing in church sometimes. It is based on John 14 it goes like this:

I’ve got a mansion just over the hilltop,

In that bright land where we’ll never grow old;

And some day yonder; We’ll never more wonder,

But walk the streets of purest gold.

Do you see the mansion? It’s just over the hilltop. The lights are on and the door is open. There’s a meal prepared. There are friends and there’s comfort.

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Dennis Ware, Sr.

commented on Sep 7, 2007

Sometimes we try too hard and we overthink what we are to say. This is so simple and helpful. It really is what people need to hear.

James Montgomery

commented on Jun 2, 2010

A message of hope, peace, and promise is what people need and is just what Jesus offers.

Michael Whitt

commented on Jul 1, 2013

Simple and beautiful. thank you for sharing.

Maryan Maharaj

commented on Jul 29, 2013

We live in a wicked world of hopelessness.When we look around us there's so much sin, so much corruption,so much defilement for the child of God.This is our hope; to live for Christ ,a pure, holy life knowing that someday when this life is over here on earth,that we'll be with Jesus away from this sinful,hurting world,into the arms of a loving Father and Savior.

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