FUNERAL MESSAGE JOHN 14:1-6 Pastor Stephen Muncherian May 23, 2009
been a good to hear so much about _____ - either in
what’s been shared here in her service - or in the
last week I’ve been hearing - as I’m sure many of you
have - different memories and experiences with _____.
It's almost an understatement. _____ was
really neat lady.She was someone who asked how our kids were
doing - because she cared about how our kids were
had such great stories about George and cattle
ranching and their travels - she was fun to listen to.A great
smile with an intense look - she was fun to be around.
_____ touched all of us in a very positive way.Whether
that was as a teacher - or in the community - or in
the congregation - wherever.Its very evident that Merle is
very much respected - loved - honored - and deservedly
I’d like to share a few verses out of John 14.Maybe these
are familiar verses to you.They’re verses that are helpful
for us to be reminded of this morning.
In John 14 - starting at verse 1 - Jesus is in the Upper Room -
its the Last Supper - just prior to Jesus’ betrayal - His arrest -
trial - and
is sharing with the disciples truths which literally
stagger the imagination.Jesus
preparing His disciples for the hard realities that
Jesus says, “Do not
let your heart be troubled; Believe in
God, believe also in me.” Jesus equates trust in God to
trusting in Him.He’s
speaking directly to the issues that trouble us.
Jesus goes on, “In My Father’s
house - in
heaven - are many
dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told
you; for I go to prepare a place for you - in heaven
there’s a place for everyone of you -we can put our
own names there- John - Norma
- Steve - Merle - George.
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.”
That’s the reality of where _____ is.
When Jesus talks about there being dwelling places in
heaven He’s talking about our getting to live with God
- where God dwells.That’s better than any place on this earth.The Bible
describes heaven as more beautiful - more awesome - a
place of great joy - peace.
There’s a river that runs through that dwelling - the
river of life - the purist crystal clear water -
coming right from the throne of God.We’ll be
able to see God - right there on His throne and drink
from that river.God’s presence - God’s glory - will shine so
there’s no night - no darkness - no sin - none of the
crud of this world.No death - no mourning - no crying - no pain.
When we get to heaven we’re going to get new bodies
that don’t have warranties that expire.Bodies that
aren’t subject to disease - that don’t wear out and
Think about who’ll be there.There are so many people that
I’m looking forward to seeing again.Aren’t you?Its worth
it to go to heaven just to be with God.But imagine
who’ll be there.And, _____’s there.She’s one more reason to look
forward to being there.
Jesus said, “I’m going
there to prepare your place in that place and I’m
coming back to take you there.”Which means
that when we die - if we die trusting Jesus as our
Savior - we go there.And if Jesus comes back and we’re not dead - if
we’re living trusting Jesus as our Savior - we go
gonna’ dwell together with God forever in that
Isn’t that great?Are you looking forward to being there?
John 14 - verse 4 - Jesus goes on.“And you
know the way where I am going.”
said to Him, “Lord, we do
not know where You are going, how do we know the way?”
Do you appreciate Thomas?He’s the guy who’s thinking
things through.Thomas is the guy - who while other disciples
are just sitting there watching paint dry - Thomas is
asking the hard questions.
“How are we to know the way to God?”That’s
a huge question. Isn’t it?
People today - even here - people today are asking the
how do we get to where _____ is?How can I
be certain I’m going there?”There
are as many ideas about what comes next as the day is
- John 14 - verse 6 - this incredible revelation about Himself- “I am the
way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the
Father, but by me.”
That’s huge!Jesus doesn’t say, “I show a way.I teach a truth.I give a life.”Jesus doesn’t claim to be merely a religious
philosopher - some enlightened way-shower - someone
with a new angle on how we’re suppose to achieve
this might be the way to heaven.”Jesus makes
this absolute - dogmatic - politically incorrect
statement - that people even in Jesus’ day choked on.
Jesus - claims to be God - speaking with Godly
authority to the deepest issues of our lives - even
death - Jesus says, “There is no other way - no
other truth - no other life.When you come to Me you are
meeting God; you have found ultimate reality and
you come to Me you then
and there possess life.”
Jesus can make any claim He wants - claim to be God -
truth - or the man in the moon.Without proof - why should we
sets Jesus apart from all the religious way-showers of
The validation of Jesus’ claim is what takes place
four days later - the incontrovertible fact of history
- Jesus’ resurrection - Jesus’ conquest over sin - over Satan - over death - His accomplishment of
that which only God is capable of.
Jesus is the way
to Heaven, the truth about how to reach that dwelling,
and His is the life which leads to eternity with God.And Jesus
says to us, “Do not let your hearts be
troubled.Believe in God; believe also in
The Bible says that all of us have sinned and fallen
short of the righteousness and holiness of God.We don’t measure up.We don’t deserve to enter into
eternity with God.Ultimately, when Jesus returns,
we’ll have to give an account for ourselves before
be judged for our sins.
There’s a lot of people today that dismiss the idea of sin and
judgment as outdated - as too narrow minded - not
worthy of a God of love.But God is honest with us.He tells us
that we’re sinners.What we earn by our sin is
death - eternal separation from God.
And yet, Romans 5:8 tells us, “God shows
His love for us in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.” Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death,
but the free gift of God is eternal life through
Christ Jesus our Lord.”
All of us are
sinners in need of the Savior
- and Jesus says,“Believe
believe Me”He is God’s answer to our sin
and separation.He is God’s door to eternal life - the way, the
truth, and the life.All of us need to come to the point in our life
when we admit our sin - our need for Jesus as our
Savior - and to trust
God with our lives.
That was _____’s hope.Its God’s offer to every one of us this
morning.God loves us.God desires for us to dwell
with him - today - and forever.