I attended a funeral yesterday for a church friend who died last week.
I was struck by this thought: Funerals are better than parties.
Why would I say that?
They remind me that I, too must die.
We all have expiration dates, but we don’t like thinking about those.
But it’s good for us. It forces the subject even for a little while.
The mortality rate has always been at 100%.
It doesn’t change from generation to generation.
We cannot mastermind our own exits.
That’s because there’s a time to be born and a time to die, and God holds the calendar on both.
So today is the only time we can be sure of. The past is gone, and the future is not certain.
Now is the time to renounce every hope of saving yourself and turn to the One who saved you. He did it 2,000 years ago on a cross outside Jerusalem. His name is Jesus and he paid the penalty for your sins and mine so we could be forgiven of our sins and given life.
That’s why you need a funeral.
We need that reality slap in the face.
According to Ecclesiastes, life under the sun doesn’t end well.
But life over the sun ends in triumph. It’s called eternal life and it’s a free gift if you believe in the work of Christ for you.
Won’t you take that step today?
Talk to me.
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