A FUNERAL MESSAGE – FOUR THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU DIE

I remember the first time I ever went to an Outback Steakhouse.  The waiter asked if we had ever been to an Outback before.  When we said “no”, he proceeded to teach us some of the things that we should know about ordering at an Outback Steakhouse.

I like amusement parks.  Have you noticed at the bigger parks they have signs telling you who should not ride the thrill rides?  And when you do get on the ride they give you instructions for riding the ride safely.  They think that there are a few things you should know before you ride a roller coaster!

I am not a fisherman. If an avid fisherman took a rookie like me fishing, He’d probably say, “Preacher, there’s a few things you need to know, if you are going to fish with me!”

We all have something in common.  Some day you and I are going to be in the casket at a funeral.  We are going to die.  And although we don’t know when that will be, there are a few things that you should know before you die.  I can’t help Chuck.  But I can help you!

  1. GOD IS AWESOME

One good thing about fishing is that it gets you out into nature.  I imagine that Chuck enjoyed all the beauty that was around him when he was on his favorite lake or next to a great trout stream.

It is an awesome God who created the universe, the world and everything in it.

Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Psalm 19:1 – The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

Psalm 139:14 – I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

God’s creation is awesome.  It is God the Son that not only worked to create, but He holds everything together!   

Colossians 1:17 – And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

God is awesome beyond creation.   

Romans 11:33-36 – O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! [34] For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? [35] Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? [36] For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

GOD IS AWESOME!

  1. SIN IS ANNOYING

What is sin? Sin is anything that displeases God.

You don’t have to be a murderer or a bank robber in order to be a sinner.

Romans 3:10 – As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death…

Ezekiel 18:4 – Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

Isaiah 64:6 – But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Sin is annoying because it separates us from God.

Sin is annoying because it can keep us out of Heaven.

Before you die you need to recognize that you are a sinner and that you don’t deserve to go to Heaven.   

GOD IS AWESOME

SIN IS ANNOYING

  1. FORGIVENESS IS AVAILABLE

God loves you.  God realized that we would need help, if we were ever going to get to Heaven. 

Someone had to pay for our sins.  But for someone to take our place and die for us, the person had to be sinless.

So God sent His sinless Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to pay for our sins.  Out of His love God sent Jesus to die for you.

Romans 5:6-8 – For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. [7] For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. [8] But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

My friend Jesus died for you!  Forgiveness is available. All you have to do is to turn from trying to earn your way to Heaven and put your full faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as you Savior.   

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Romans 5:1 – Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Will you receive Jesus as your Savior and trust Him for forgiveness and eternal life?   

GOD IS AWESOME

SIN IS ANNOYING

FORGIVENESS IS AVAILABLE

  1. GRACE IS AMAZING 

In a moment we will play a hymn.  The first verse goes:

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

When you trust Jesus as your Savior you become a recipient of God’s grace, or unmerited favor. He gives you what you don’t deserve.

Among other things,

  • GRACE DEFEATS THE PAST

All your sins are forgiven.  God does not hold them against you!

Psalm 103:12 – As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

  • GRACE DEALS WITH THE PRESENT

God gives you favor so that you can live the Christian Life differently from how you lived in the past.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

  • GRACE DELIGHTS IN THE FUTURE

If you place your faith in Jesus Christ, by His grace you will be with Him in Heaven.  That will be delightful!

1 John 3:2 – Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

There are four things you need to know before you die.   

GOD IS AWESOME

SIN IS ANNOYING

FORGIVENESS IS AVAILABLE

GRACE IS AMAZING