Notes from a Funeral

17 Nov

Last Thursday I oversaw my first funeral. It wasn’t a complicated affair, just a short service at the crematorium.

I decided to speak from Revelation 7:9-17 and draw out two main points:

Firstly, the kind of place heaven is. Read the passage and you’ll see it’s a place of joy, thanksgiving and praise directed at God. Everyone who’s there is joining in the song, they are overjoyed at what they have found!

More than this it’s a place of protection and provision. Jesus, who is at the centre of all the praise is said to literally shelter the people with His presence. No scorching, no hunger, no thirst…no tears or grief. This truly is a place were suffering is gone and death is defeated.

Secondly, the kind of people who are there. in spite of them being from all tribes and nations and tongues they all have one thing in common. They have all experienced God’s Grace, His forgiveness, His salvation. We see it in the songs they sing and the description of them:

These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

These are people who have trusted not in themselves or in anyone else. These are people who have trusted in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, plain and simple.

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