No one enjoys going to a funeral (at least I hope not). However, some of us reading this material will probably be going to a funeral at some time during 2004. Question is, will you be lying in the coffin at your own funeral? Or will you be present at the funeral of someone else? As of this date, the U.S. has lost over 300 men and women since the Iraqi war began last March. The chilling thing is those dead soldiers were alive this very date last year. So you see, going to a funeral is no figment of the imagination. It is no drunken illusion. It is no nightmare. Going to a funeral is a fact that cannot be denied (Hebrews 9:27, Job 30:23, Psalms 90:10, 1 Samual 20:3).
Since man cannot cheat or hide from death; man might as well get ready to face it (Ecclesiastes 8:8–10). But facing death would be eternally fatal were it not for the blood of Jesus Christ. Christ died on the cross for the sins of everyone, and only those who accept His word will be able to face death with confidence (Acts 4:12, 1 John 2:1–2). Can you face death without fear?
Hope to hear from you or see you at the services.