A funeral took place this past week and there was a 60 year old man lying in a casket for all to see. The funeral parlor did a very good job making the man appear to be at peace as he lay there. Many people told of good times with the gentleman and how he loved his family, telling jokes, cooking, and going to the shore etc. All of that is probably true for there?s no need to think otherwise. However, I would like to remind us that a body lying in a coffin is just that, a body in a coffin. The soul of the deceased lives on. Matt 10:28. The works that a person did in life, follow into the hereafter and it is there that men will be judged based on what the works are. Rev 14:13. Luke 16:25. 2 Cor 5:10.
A selfish person will have his selfish works in tow as he stands before God. A murderer will have the blood of his victim clinging to him as he stands before God. An unfaithful spouse will carry adultery with him to meet the Lord. A person who uses profanity will go into judgment with every vile word spoken, already there to testify against him. Matt 12:36. etc.
Colorful speeches at funerals are interesting to hear and I suppose we should continue to hear them. But let us not forget that a funeral is an excellent time to reflect on what your works are. Anyone at a funeral can attempt to preach a person into heaven; but the final decision will be made based on a persons works.