Monday, January 18, 2016

Good News at a Funeral



I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace.
Ephesians 3:7 (NLT)

The preacher called her selfish.

Jolayne requested a Biblical funeral. No life story. No funny anecdotes. Just the preacher's godly words which seems the opposite of selfish.

But it was. Jolayne selfishly wanted every person attending her funeral to be with her in eternity.

She knew that some of the mourners didn't know God, while others had lost sight of Him. Even strong believers needed reassurance of God's promised hope. Jolayne had a captive audience. This was her last ditch effort, if you will, to save the world.

So the minister preached the Gospel. He told of God's personal love. He shared the Good News that Jesus walked this earth and died so that we might join all believers in God's presence for eternity. He encouraged us to seek Him and to find comfort in His promises. In our grief, God (and Jolayne) gave us hope.

It was the most beautiful service ever.

It was so moving that I request that the Gospel be passionately preached at my funeral.

I sure hope you find Jesus and know the joy of life with Him before I die. I hope everyone will already be filled with His amazing Spirit. But in case I miss someone, I want them to hear that God knows their name, their sorrows and joys, their dreams and fears, and that He cares deeply. I want you all to celebrate the certainty of our eternal reunion.

So please don't wait until then. We can share the fullness of life we have through Jesus right now and for many years to come, God willing. Praise God! Amen!

Have you heard any memorable funeral messages?

2 comments:

  1. A glorious ending, no, more like a glorious beginning for Jolayne and anyone else who would follow in her footsteps. I have a friend who died of a brain tumor in her late 40's. Because she knew it was coming she was able to make a video so she could share the gospel at her own memorial service!

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  2. WOW, Wendy! What a touching story! I'm sure it was moving and touched hearts for God.

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