Last night I gave a funeral homily for a dear friend who had battled with cancer.
There are three “finally” based on Scriptures we can look forward to.
- Finally Home with the Lord
Our beloved is finally home with the Lord.
“Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord “ (II Corinthians 5:8 NLT).
This world is not our home. Our home is not our HDB flat. Our home is not the freehold landed property. Our home is not our earthly address. Singapore is not our home. Heaven is. And I am not being unpatriotic. I am being realistic. I am simply repeating what our Lord Jesus tells us.
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3 NKJV)
Our beloved brother is at last home, in that place our Lord has prepared for him. He is absent in body but he is finally home with the Lord.
- Finally no more sin, sickness, sorrow and suffering
Our beloved is finally in that wonderful place where there is no more sin, sickness, sorrow and suffering.
Revelation 21:4 tells us:
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
Finally the sickness, sorrow and suffering we endure in this life are no more.
Finally the trembling of hands and the shuffling gait of our walk caused by Parkinson are no more.
Finally the lost of memory by the terrible onslaught of dementia are no more.
Finally all the questions we have of life – the “whys,” the “how come” and the great mystery of suffering and evil are all answered. Doubts cleared. Confusion vanished. And all our puzzling and troubling thoughts are no more.
What we see dimly we see clearly. What we know only in part, we now know in full.
“Now that which we see is as if we were looking in a broken mirror. But then we will see everything. Now I know only a part. But then I will know everything in a perfect way. That is how God knows me right now” (I Corinthians 13:12 NLV)
At last God will be seen in all His glory. No more the invisible God who prompts us ever so often by His Spirit.
Jesus is finally seen face to face. You don’t have to second-guess what He looks like. His face may even look entirely different form the paintings of some famous artists.
- Finally a Perfect Body fit for Heaven
I Corinthians 15:51-53 tells us:
“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.”
We can look forward to that day when we finally will have a new imperishable, incorruptible and immortal body that is no longer subject to diseases, decay and deterioration.
As you stand and view the body of our departed, don’t look down with pity at the pathetic state of his emaciated body. Rather look up with the eyes of faith and see our beloved finally clothed in a new body fit for heaven.
That happens the moment we breathe our last.“We will all be changed – in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye.”
We will see as our departed beloved is now seeing and rejoicing:
Finally … home with the Lord!
Finally … no more sin, sorrow, sickness and suffering!
Finally … a new perfect body fit for heaven!