June 21, 2021 at 10:11 am #75290
This is a eulogy that I wrote a while back for a friend. It was really written to encouraged The Lost. I miss my friend and hope to see him, and all my saved friends and family, again soon. I have many saved friends , but very few saved family members . I look forward to leaving this earth.
Joe Christian died today and is now at rest in Heaven; however, Joe would not wish for this to be a somber occasion! We do not grieve like those who have no Eternal Hope — we CELEBRATE because Joe has now been transformed from mortal to immortal. He is in Paradise and there is NO SORROW there — only unfathomable HAPPINESS. He is looking down upon us from the Heavenlies hoping that we ALL will join him soon.
There is no regret in a Christian’s death when they arise to find themselves in a much better place than what this world has to offer. Every Christian has God’s PROMISE on this, and Joe gladly took God at His Word. We are well-served to do the same. We will either be Raptured, or we will die so as to live!
But Joe’s death transcends his life and allows the Holy Spirit one final opportunity to reach out and touch one of his acquaintances that has come to pay their last respects. While Joe’s body is lifeless, his Spirit is fully alive and moving amongst those gathered in this sanctuary. Joe lived an honorable life and reflected the Light of Jesus onto those around him — all to the Glory of God! Joe has now traded his corrupt body in order to acquire a new uncorrupted and Glorified Body. Hallelujah!!
The words of this eulogy are shared in the hope that it might change the life of a hurting and lost soul –just as similar words changed Joe’s eternal destiny many years ago. Joe would be delighted and honored to know that through his passing someone might come to realize the TRUTH, receive the Word of God, and trade death for LIFE!! Thus, a destiny will be rerouted from the Horrors of Hell to the Blessings of Heaven!! If Jesus can save the soul of a wretched sinner like Joe, then there is no barrier about saving any other sinner.
It takes ONLY ONE reflective moment, ONLY ONE chance recognized, ONLY ONE opportunity seized, and ONLY ONE FREE GIFT ACCEPTED. This is not about Joe Christian, or about his pastor, or about his family. This moment is about ONE individual who may be desperately seeking HOPE and DIRECTION in their life. So in the worldly vernacular, we say “This Bud’s for YOU. In the Heavenly Realm, it may be better stated as, “This message from God, spoken through the Holy Spirit about Jesus Christ is for YOU!!”
Almost two thousand years ago on Passover, the day the Perfect Sacrificial Lamb was slain in Israel, on a Cross, on a hill, at Calvary, Jesus Christ died so that we could live. What better way is there to honor the memory of Joe Christian, than to know that THIS day (the day you came here to pay your last respects to him) that you believed the TRUTH and were saved by the sacrifice of God’s perfect Lamb, His only begotten Son, Who lived a Perfect, Spotless life so that HE could be found worthy in death to pay the penalty for YOUR sins. Thus, He paid a debt that He didn’t owe, because we owed a debt that we couldn’t pay!! He paid our account in full so that Joe Christian, and you, and I can pass over (thus the term PASSOVER) FROM DEATH INTO LIFE.
We are all just a heartbeat away from death. Do you KNOW where YOU will spend eternity? Please, if you do not have the ABSOLUTE ASSURANCE that if you died at this moment that you would go directly to Heaven, then PLEASE listen to these Words from God, reflect on their PROMISE, seize upon your moment of opportunity, and accept what the Holy Spirit is speaking to your heart (from Romans 10: 9, 10,13):
.. if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou SHALT BE SAVED…For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED.
… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord SHALL BE SAVED.
It is as simple as that! Believe that Jesus Christ lived a Perfect life and died a Perfect propitiatory death so that we could have LIFE, and THAT more abundantly!! There are no WORKS involved, there is nothing that we can do to EARN our Salvation because we are all lost sinners without hope. That is unless we accept that Jesus did all the work, and that His last words on the Cross confirmed it when He victoriously, for all time, for all of mankind, declared that “IT IS FINISHED!!” Joe is at rest in those promises right now.
June 21, 2021 at 11:13 am #75294Geri9Participant
What a lovely memorial tribute to your best friend, Humbly! I agree those who are in heaven are at true peace and we shouldn’t mourn them, even though down here we miss them dearly.
One of my relatives that is up there said her last breath she takes down here is “good night world” … and the next breath she takes is “good morning heaven”! And since there is no darkness … I doubt we will ever say “good night” ever again. Only “good morning” or perhaps “good day” when we greet each other on the other side?
I wonder in the millennium if there will still be a night time? Or will it only be daylight continually (like Alaskan summers of 24 hrs of sunshine) and those in their fleshly bodies that still need to get their rest … have to pull down the shade or have curtains that block out the sunlight?
June 21, 2021 at 12:00 pm #75298tenderreedParticipant
June 21, 2021 at 12:10 pm #75299
June 22, 2021 at 5:33 pm #75370
Thanks Geri, TR, and Tammie!
One of my favorite verses that has always provided me with comfort is:
“To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” ( 2 Cor. 5:8)
… and I am continuously, daily, hourly, minutely,
“Looking forward to the blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” ( Titus. 2:13)
Hopefully it is SOON!!
June 22, 2021 at 6:06 pm #75371
Humbly — one I recently memorized is also great — I Peter 1:13 “Therefore, preparing your minds for action and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
I love the second part … but the first speaks a lot about how we are needing to be in this upside own crazy lawless world.
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