Jesus: The Lousy Funeral Director

John 11:38-44, Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. I knew that You always hear Me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that You sent Me.” When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

Jesus is literally perfect. Because He is God, He can do all sorts of amazing things. Yet even though He is perfect, I dare say there is one thing He’s not perfect at: Jesus would make a lousy funeral director. One who’s in the funeral home business wouldn’t stay in business for long with Jesus around resurrecting people. He ruined the funeral of Jairus’ daughter, the widow’s son at Nain, Lazarus in this text, and even His own funeral. When it comes to death, Jesus’ believers don’t stay dead for very long.

Do you want Jesus to ruin your funeral? Well, if you’re a believer, He already did 2,000 years ago when He died on the cross and rose from the dead. Are you sharing the good news of our lousy funeral director? I hope so. It’s a pretty amazing thing. Advancements in science strive to attain human immortality. If you’re Christian, Jesus gives you immortality because He can’t stand seeing you dead, so He comes by and resurrects you just as He promised. When we die, our loved ones will gather around the expensive casket and reminisce about the good times we all had. However, where we’ll be and what we’ll be will have nothing to do with what’s in that box! For those who are Christian, when we die we’re no longer dead; we’re alive in Christ! Indeed, we are alive in Him right now through our Baptism (see Romans 6)! And when we die, we know we will be with our Lord in God’s kingdom and will receive newly resurrected bodies at His return. Praise the Lord that we have a lousy funeral director who can’t help but resurrect us when we die.

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