Psalm 43 Five Things To Consider In A Trial And When You Have Questions Only God Can Answer. Funeral
In John 11 Jesus’ friend Lazarus had died. When Jesus arrived he had already been in the grave for four days. He visits with Lazarus’ sisters and comforts them even though they could not quite understand and grasp all of the things that Jesus was comforting them with.
Jesus said to one of the sisters, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”
Martha then invites Mary to come to see Jesus. When she received the invitation she quickly came to Him. She was surrounded by many friends and family members who were consoling her. When she saw Jesus she fell at His feet, saying, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
When Jesus saw her and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in His spirit and greatly troubled...Jesus wept.
The people reacted in two different ways at Jesus’ tears. Some Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’ But some others said, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?’
May it bring some comfort to your hearts today to remember that Jesus wept at the death of his friend Lazarus. Jesus knows the grief that you are feeling here today. Jesus also wept because the people could not fully appreciate the eternal life that Jesus came to offer people.
Our great comfort today, even as we gather on such a sad occasion, is that Jesus Christ our Risen Lord has said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”
Jesus knows how to comfort those who are grieving. Jesus knows how to answer the question that is on all of our minds as we gather today. Many of us are asking, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?’
We also know that your son is now enjoying the comfort of being with Jesus. One author has written these words, “One great comfort will be to believe that the best arrangement is made for everything connected with our death. Not arrangement by ourselves, or any near and dear to us; but by the One who from the beginning has arranged all things. He who has ordered the movements of all the heavenly bodies, and the relationships of all earthy things-times and seasons, summer and winter, cloud and sunshine-He who is so active in all things connected to life, is equally active in all things connected with what we call death.”
The promise of eternal life is the same hope that David had when his son died in 2 Samuel 12:23. David said, “Now my child is dead...Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.”
This past week you said goodbye to your son but it is not a permanent goodbye. You are trusting in the fact that Jesus is the Resurrection and the life. You believe that Jesus died according to what the Scriptures had prophesied and that He was also raised from the dead according to the Scriptures. Because Jesus lives, there is hope for all those who in faith have fallen asleep in Christ.
1 Peter 1:3-9
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Peter is speaking about God’s great mercy that is offered to us through the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus lived