Eunice Kozlik Funeral (Isaiah 25)

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Service Notes

Eunice Kozlik Funeral + May 14, 2018
  • Order of Service:Funeral Service
  • Hymns: LSB #575, 801, HYLS #6

Theme Verse

He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of His people He will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken. (Isaiah 25:8)

Sermon Text

To all who knew and loved Eunice: Grace, mercy and peace be yours from God our Father through His crucified and resurrected Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Isaiah prophesied about the Day that everyone is waiting to see. The day with no death. No sorrow. No disgrace. That Day is coming. Eunice waited for it while here on earth. She now waits for its completion.


God will swallow up death forever.[1] Death is the one constant in life. Because of your sinful nature, you know that each day could be your last. Death cannot be stopped. You cannot help but die. You die a little bit every day. Sin has taken care of that. This promise has been from the very beginning: “In the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”[2] The wages of sin has been death ever since.[3] No one has been able to avoid it.


But one day, death will be non-existent. Death will be no more because sin will be no more. Death has had its day. On that Day, on the LORD's mountain, man's oldest enemy will be swallowed up forever. The dark covering “cast over all peoples … spread over all nations” will be gone.[4] No more death. Only life. Abundant, everlasting life in the Good Shepherd.[5]


God will also wipe away every tear.[6] Sadness and sorrow abound in this world. Today is a day of sorrow. Tears have been and will be shed because Eunice is no longer with us. These tears testify of our need for our heavenly Father. The heavenly Father who sent His Son to lay down His life for the sheep.[7] The one death for all death. The one set of tears shed for all tears. The one pain that takes away all pain.


Heaven will be without tears and without pain. There will be no sorrow in Heaven. In Heaven there will be nothing but joy. Those who die in Christ experience the first inklings of that everlasting joy. They await the resurrection of their bodies so that they will be able to experience it completely. Eternity without tears is beyond our imagination. We can't fathom this great promise. We can only accept it through faith.


God finally will take away all reproach.[8] Sin has disgraced our lives from the very beginning of our lives. We are conceived and born in sin,[9] but this is not God's desire for our lives. God desires that all people will be saved through Christ.[10] “For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”[11] Christ takes away every reproach through the reproach of His cross.


Because of the reproach He suffered, Heaven will be filled with nothing but grace. We see this in the promises that St. Paul gives us: “This perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.”[12] Everything that we know in this life will be turned right side up when Jesus returns. When we get to set foot in Heaven. Everything we dread in this life will be gone. We will be returned to the state in which God created us to live.[13] Imperishable. Immortal. No longer beholden to death and disease. A place with nothing but grace upon grace.[14]


How do you know this is for you? God has spoken these promises to you.[15] God is a God of promises. Promises that are never broken. God is always faithful when He gives promises.[16] These words are for you as you mourn the loss of a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. As you mourn the loss of any one. On the LORD's mountain we will be reunited with those who have left this life. All because we have been united with Jesus in His resurrection.[17]


How do you respond to God's promises? “This is the LORD; we have waited for Him; let us be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”[18] God's salvation is yours in Christ Jesus. If you believe in His death and resurrection for the forgiveness of your sins. Through His death, He has destroyed death. In His resurrection, He has opened the heavenly gates so that you may walk in. That you might rejoice because death has been swallowed up forever.[19] Amen.

References

  1. Isaiah 25:8
  2. Genesis 2:17
  3. Romans 6:23
  4. Isaiah 25:7
  5. John 10:10-11
  6. Isaiah 25:8
  7. John 10:11
  8. Isaiah 25:8
  9. Psalm 51:5
  10. 1 Timothy 2:4
  11. 1 Thessalonians 5:9
  12. 1 Corinthians 15:53
  13. Genesis 2
  14. John 1:16
  15. Isaiah 25:8
  16. Deuteronomy 7:9; 1 Corinthians 1:9; Revelation 3:14
  17. Romans 6:3-5
  18. Isaiah 25:9
  19. Isaiah 25:8