Revelation 14:13, "And I heard
a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in
the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their
labours; and their works do follow them."
Imagine for a moment, you have died.
∑It may have been some prolonged disease, a
sudden heart attack or you were involved in an accident.
∑But, at any rate, you have expiblack.
∑You are no longer here, you're gone.
Now, what happens during that time?
family begins to weep and friends are notified.
Next comes the burdensome and painful task of meeting with
the funeral home director and making the funeral arrangements.
service may begin with a song and then the minister gives a scripture reading,
a prayer, another song, and then the funeral message.
it is time for the processional over to the grave site.
But, before your funeral is
finished, there are some things that are going to happen to YOU, which you will
∑I am thinking in terms of the child of God,
although, I will say some things about the unsaved.
∑But, child of God,
your funeral is finished on this earth,
are some amazing things you are going to realize.
I.You Will Realize That Death Was Easy
A.We have all had thoughts about what it is like
1.To cross over that great divide.
2.Death, what is it like?
B.As a Christian, you may have reasoned within
yourself that Jesus conqueblack death on the
1.He removed the stinger from death; therefore, it has no
sting left for you.
a.I Corinthians ,
"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is
2.But, even at that, you are somewhat apprehensive about
dying, because it is a mystery.
a.You have never died before.
b.You don't know what to expect.
3.But, as you die, you discover how easy death is.
C.Nowhere in the Bible is death depicted a
horrible, dreadful thing for the child of God.
1.In fact, the New Testament pictures it, as just falling
a.In Acts 7:60, when Stephen
was dying, the Bible says, "Öhe kneeled down, and
cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to
their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep."
b.So, Stephen was dying, and
as he expiblack, when he breathed out his last breathe, the Bible says, "he fell asleep."
2.You discover there were no dark valleys; there were no
ghosts and hobgoblins.
a.There were no demons in that crossing.
b.Death was easy, but you dreaded it the whole time.
3.Dying is not hard for the child of God, living is what
a.The day you lie down and die, your going to say, "This
is a piece of cake."
b.There was nothing to this after all.
c.Here, I just fell asleep and there I awoke into a world
of light, right there in the presence of the Lord Jesus
4.So, the first thing you realize, death was easy.
II.Next you realize, You Are Released From Your
A.Philippians 3:21, "Who
shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious
body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things
1.In this verse, our bodies are referblack to as
a.What does that word, vile, mean?
b.It does not mean sinful.
c.There is nothing evil or sinful about the body God gave
d.If you do sinful things in it, that makes it sinful.
e.But, God gave you a body that was created in the image
2.The word vile means lowly, weak.
a.You are in a weak, lowly body that suffers humiliation,
because of the curse of sin and the fall of man.
b.Your body is not what it was intended to be, it is
limited, it is restricted, it is a vile body in that sense.
c.You might feel strong now, but the day will come when
your body will grow weak, frail and you will not have any strength left.
3.But, when you die, you are released from this body of
restriction and limitation.
a.Suffering sorrow and pain no more, because you are out
of that body.
4.Sometimes our bodies can become a prison house.
a.Those suffering from a stroke or those confined to a
wheelchair who require constant attention from a
b.They say, "I wish I could get out of this body of
pain and suffering."
c.Listen, some day you will be released from your body.
d.That is what dying is all about.
5.Dying is not a ceasing to exist; dying is getting out
of your body.
a.Soul and spirit in tact, all your senses, all your
b.You will be alive, but you will be released from this
c.Thank God, we have a new body coming someday.
B.Philippians 1:21, "For
to me to live isChrist, and to die
1.Paul could say this,
because it is going to be better in heaven, than it is here.
2.Therefore, you discover death was easy
3.And you might wonder why you were so concerned about
C.You awake to find yourself in the land
of Light with your Savior, and
released from this body of clay.
1.No more worrying and wondering about death, it is over.
III.You Discover You Are Being Safely Transported
A.A Christian does not die alone.
1.A sinner yes, but a Christian, no.
2.A child of God will be safely escorted upward into the
land of light, in the presence of Jesus Christ.
3.You have guardian angels.
B.Hebrews , "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to
minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation."
1.The context is talking about guardian angels and when
you expire and leave this earth, they will be waiting to safely escort you
upward into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.
2.You will not make that journey alone.
3.You won't die alone.
4.Won't it be wonderful, that you will find yourself
being transported safely upward as your soul and spirit leave
C.What do you fear most of all in this lifetime?
1.Donít you fear Dying the most?
a.Do you normally sit around talking about death with
b.No, because you don't like to talk about it.
2.You say, "I have a lot of living to do and I don't
want to talk about dying."
a.But, you're going to.
b.You will, so you need to know what you can expect.
D.Death is easy and you will find yourself being
safely escorted up to heaven as you are released from your body.
IV.You Will Be Arriving In ANew World
A.If you're saved, you will arrive in a world
unlike anything you have ever known.
1.And, just think, while your funeral is going on down
here, you are already in the new world, getting acquainted with your new
2.What a wonderful world it is, if you're a child of God.
a.This new world is filled with love.
b.It is characterized by love.
c.The atmosphere is fragranced with love.
3.There is perfect harmony in heaven.
a.There is not one word ever said in discord.
b.There is not one thing ever done or said, as a cut, to
4.It will be perfect harmony as you arrive in that new
a.Your home in eternity is a land of peace and harmony.
b.And people are getting ready for your funeral service
B.John 14:3, "And I go to prepare a place for you, I will come
again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be
1.People think of Heaven as a world unknown.
a.When you exit this body and are released from this
earthly form, you sail to a new world.
b.It will be a world that is fully known, in the presence
of Christ in that wonderful city.
2.Some have asked, "Preacher, can we see people in
hell, from heaven?"
a.No and you wouldn't want to.
b.There is nothing in the Bible that indicated that.
3.After you are gone, no one can see where you are and
you can't look back and see where they are.
a.But, only if you could get a word, a message back to
1)While they're at your funeral filing around getting a
last look at your body
2)and they're broken hearted and weeping,
3)if you could just get a word back to them and say,
4)"don't weep for me, but
weep for yourselves and your children."
4.You should live a life that when you die you will be
a.But, even while your funeral service is being held,
1)you're strolling down the streets of glory
2)and if you could get a message back down here you would
3)"if you could just see
where I am, I can see Jesus, so don't weep for
V.You WillSee Loved Ones
A.Those of you who have loved ones who are already
1.and they prayed for you to be saved,
2.but never had the opportunity to see the day of your
3.They know when you become a child of God.
4.The day you got saved, it was echoed in glory and they
were made aware that you had been saved.
B.Luke 15:10, "Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence
of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth."
1.The word presence
is the key word.
a.There is joy in the presence of the angels of heaven
over one sinner that repenteth.
b.Whoever is doing this rejoicing,
is doing it in the presence of the angels.
2.It is not the angels rejoicing, because they don't
a.They are created beings.
b.Christ didn't die for angels, it is a mystery to them.
3.It was told to your loved ones the day you were born
a.They knew it, the word got out in glory about the day
you became a child of God.
b.They know about your life down here.
c.Not the details, but they know how you're running the
C.Hebrews 12:1, "Wherefore
seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us
lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us
run with patience the race that is set before us."
1.The cloud of witnesses are the
ones who have gone on before.
a.They know the day you were saved
b.and the progress you're making,
c.the kind of Christian you
d.and I can prove by logic from that,
1)that they will know about the
day of your death and your arrival.
2.They will be standing at the gate waiting for you.
a.You will embrace them
b.and it will be real,
c.it will be glorious
d.and they will say, "I have
been waiting for you so long and I'm glad you're home."
3.While all that is going on,
a.While your body down here is laying in the casket
b.and before your funeral is finished,
c.you're meeting loved ones.
4.You will walk over and say,
a."Mom, I didn't get to tell you a few things before
you slipped out, but let's catch up on old times"
b."Dad, I wanted to tell you just how I really felt
about you and how much I loved you,
1)but somehow I just didn't get that last card in the
2)or make that last phone call,
3)but now we can talk it over in the by and by"
c."Son and daughter, I missed you and now we're home
d.This will be going on even before your funeral is
VI.You Will See Jesus
A.While your funeral is going on down here, you
will be face to face with the Lord Jesus Christ.
1.Acts 7:56, "And said,
Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand
2.As Stephen was dying he
saw the heavens opened and Jesus standing on the
right hand of God.
B.Now, these things will happen immediately and
you will discover death was so easy.
1.Death will be as easy for the child of God as falling
2.You will be released from your earthly body
a.and you will be safely transported upward
b.and arrive in a new world
c.and meet loved ones
d.and best of all, see Jesus.
C.But, what if you're not saved?
1.Death is horrible, fearful and dreadful.
a.You better fear it,
b.because as long as you are breathing you are on this
c.but when you take your last
breath, you are out in eternity.
2.Death is a fearful thing to the unsaved.
a.You will be released from your body,
b.but you won't arrive it a PearlyWhiteCity.
c.Youíre going to Hell and you will know you're there.
3.You will be alone,
a.you will be tormented
b.and you won't see Jesus
until the Great White Throne
c.and He won't be your Savior.
d.He won't embrace you; He will be your judge.
4.All this will be going on during your funeral, if
D.How much better to know Christ
and to die in Christ.
1.What a wonderful thing to look forward to, even through
the medium of death, when you're a child of God.
2.Death is an easy thing, falling asleep, waking up in
the arms of Jesus.
E.Let me ask you a sobering question.
1.Where will you be while people are filing around in the
state room at the funeral home to see your body one more time?
2.You will be in heaven or you will be in hell at that
3.Don't wait until it is all over and you wake up in