What must it be to step on shore and find it -- Heaven!
To take hold of a hand, and find it -- God's hand!
To breathe a new air and find it -- Celestial air!
To feel a newness of life and find it -- Eternal life
To arise from the cares and turmoil of this earth into one unbroken calm;
To wake up and find it -- Glory!
The funeral of a born-again believer in Jesus Christ is always a bittersweet time. It is sweet, for when a person has placed his/her faith and trust in Jesus Christ, as ___________ did, we know that at the very moment of death, in the tinkling of an eye, that he/she stepped from this sin cursed earth into the very glory and presence of Jesus Christ. But while it is sweet--it is bitter, because a loved one has finished his/her course upon this earth, and has gone to his/her long home in heaven, leaving loved ones behind. Yes, there really is a place called Heaven, and perhaps it is during the loss of a loved one that we give heaven the most thought.
Let's spend a few minutes considering, "The Place Prepared For You."
Rev. 22:1-5 -- prayer
I. THE PERFECT PLACE (v1-2)
reveals that the final resting place of those who trust Jesus Christ as
their personal Saviour is actually a walled city some 1400 miles wide, deep,
B. To the
Throne of the Lamb (v1)
Note: He is
called the Lamb of God because God determined that innocent animals would be
sacrificed for the sins of mankind until the coming of Jesus Christ. When
Jesus died on the Cross of Calvary, He died as an innocent for the sins of
the guilty. He paid in full the penalty you owed God because of your
continual breaking of God's laws, and rejection of God's rule over your
In Heaven, _____________ has perfect access to the Lord Jesus Christ, and, on earth as long as God gives you breath, you have perfect access to the Cross of Christ. At any time, even today, when you are finally tired of your sins and the devastating effect sin is having on your life and those that surround you, you can call out to God in repentance and faith, trusting in the shed blood and death of Jesus Christ on your behalf, and believing His promise, "That whosoever will call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved."
1. No more curse <:f><:f220,2Times New Roman,0,0,0>(negative), which distorted everything
cursed this earth and all that is on it when man disobeyed Him in the Garden
of Eden. Since that time, every man/woman has been born under the effects
of the curse, and the resulting
2. We shall serve Him with eternal service (positive), which restores everything
VISION & LIKENESS
B. No Ending, But Eternal Reigning
Concl: _____________ is gone to be in the presence of his/her Saviour forever. But you are still here in the presence of your sin. There was a time and a place when ____________ realized that he/she was a sinner, lost and undone, and on his/her way to Hell. But he/she trusted in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary, and was changed from eternal death to eternal life. Tonight he/she is more alive than he/she has ever been--alive in heaven!
And you need to be changed too, this very day, this very hour. Let's have every head bowed and every eye closed.
Give plan of salvation
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