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Lloyd Vogler Funeral

February 12, 2018

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Monday after Transfiguration                           Trinity Lutheran Church

12 February 2018                                                 Murdock, NE

 

+ Jesu Juva +

 

Isaiah 25:6-9

Funeral of Lloyd H. Vogler

 

What a preacher Isaiah is! Thank God for preacher Isaiah! What he preaches is … well … delicious! His sermon is salvationally scrumptious! Salvifically delish! Isaiah preaches the banquet or feast of heaven. Heaven prepared, achieved and won for sinners only by the Good Friday Mountain death of the I-AM-THE-RESURRECTION-AND-THE-LIFE Lord Jesus who has “swallowed up death forever” in the might of His Easter Sunday resurrection.

 

Yes, Jesus did the salvation job for all, FOR YOU and for Lloyd. The Lord Jesus answered for all of Lloyd’s sin by shedding His divine blood on the cross. The Lord Jesus called Lloyd to faith through holy baptism and sustained that faith through the preaching of the gospel and the gift of the Lord’s Supper. Consequently, through faith in Savior-of-Sinners-Jesus, Lloyd now enjoys heaven as he waits for the resurrection of the body on the Last Day. Heaven is pure gift. From the Lord Jesus! On His resurrected body Jesus still has the Good Friday scars to prove it.

 

People always ask me what heaven is like. It’s probably the most asked question a pastor gets. Pastor/preacher Isaiah gives an answer. Heaven is a feast! A blow out banquet. A FEAST OF FAT THINGS! In the New Testament Jesus spoke about heaven as a magnificent wedding reception.

 

Rosalyn and Lloyd always enjoyed throwing a party and serving outstanding meals to folks for various occasions over the years. Today’s food police would no doubt associate the Vogler shindigs with words like: “excess,” “gluttony,” “too-muchness” or “irresponsibility.” Lloyd and Rosalyn didn’t care. They threw calories, cholesterol, carbohydrates, fat grams and waste lines to the wind. It was all about the joy and fellowship of the feast.

 

So Isaiah’s preaching the promise of heaven as a feast is quite fitting. Listen to it again. “On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine – the best of meats and the finest of wines.”

 

At heaven’s feast Good Friday Lord Jesus is the host just like He is in the Lord’s Supper every Sunday. Heaven is the Wedding Supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19:9)! He has Good Friday-ly prepared it and He has spared no expense. The finest of marbled meats and rare vintage wines! The KJV puts it like this: “A feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of well-refined wines on the lees.” That’s comparable to the Vogler prepared premium prime rib with all the trimmings accompanied by a 1984 Mondavi Cabernet or perhaps a good pour of Crown Royal.

 

In chapter 55 the prophet Isaiah gives the invitation to heaven’s banquet of salvation prepared by Jesus. “Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, your soul will delight in the richest of fare.”

 

Of course, all this talk of premium meat and first-class wine is Isaiah’s way of preaching the abundant, joyful and nourishing spiritual benefits and spiritual refreshment of salvation that Jesus Good Friday-ly won for all, FOR YOU and for Lloyd.

 

Now, a foretaste of the heavenly feast is the Lord’s Supper. When Jesus gives you His body and His Blood with the bread and wine together with His unthwartable promise, “given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sin,” you know that He died for you. You know that His Good Friday forgiveness, life and salvation are yours. You know that heaven is yours already now! After all, Jesus says in the Sacrament: “given for you.” “Shed for you.” Lloyd knew that. He trusted Jesus and His Word of promise in the Lord’s Supper. In addition, he believed and trusted that Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. He believed the Lord’s promise, “he who believes in me will life, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”

 

Jesus doesn’t lie. He keeps His promises. Consequently, because of Resurrection-and-the-Life-Jesus, Lloyd now enjoys the heavenly banquet with all the company of heaven – fellow believers in Jesus. On the Last Day he and all buried believers will be “raised imperishable.” After all, the spiritual blessings of salvation climax in the resurrection of the body. Death, the cause of such great lament, will be no more. Remember how Isaiah preached it? He said: “The LORD God will wipe away tears from all faces and the reproach of his people He will take away from all the earth.” This is really good news. Salvational good news!

 

So, today and the rest of our lives we will say: “[This Jesus!] Surely He is our God; we trusted in Him and He saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in Him; let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation” He Good Friday-ly won for all, FOR YOU, and for Lloyd.

 

In the Name of Jesus.

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