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Sandra L. Ross Funeral

June 21, 2018

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Thursday of Pentecost 4                            Trinity Lutheran Church

21 June 2018                                                Murdock, NE

Sandra Lee Ross Funeral

 

+ Jesu Juva +

 

John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  

 

Confirmation texts. Pastors give those out because they usually say what’s most important. Sandy’s certainly does! Jesus doesn’t mince words. So it’s time to pay attention. It’s time to trust His words and Him. Not only when Sandy was confirmed. But most especially now as the Lord’s gathered us together here at Trinity for her funeral!

 

It’s at times like this that we need a John 14:6 sermon from the Lord. A promise from the One that answered for all sin and for every sinner in His Good Friday death. Who went deep, deep, deep into the valley of the shadow of death and came out victorious as the Firstfruits of those that sleep. Listen. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  

 

Jesus is the way. Thomas, however, wasn’t so sure. “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Are you like Thomas? Thomas needed to know where he was going before he could know the way. That’s how it works when we navigate. We need to know where we’re going before we can determine the route to take in order to get where we are going. Determine the destination first. Then plan the way to get there.

 

Now, when there is the resurrection of the body to eternal life with God, things are different. Only Jesus has a clear view of the destination. He alone Good Friday-ly died and He alone Easter Sunday-ly rose from the dead. There is no one else like Jesus. On our own we don’t know the way to eternal life. Only Jesus does! And He reveals the way to all of us today by way of His suffering, death, resurrection!

 

It’s at this point that I have to give you the highest of pastoral care. So I warn you. Are you ready? Here goes. We’re not in control – we are not in the driver’s seat of our lives. What happened to Sandy on Monday proves that. The stroke was out of her control. But I’m here to tell you that Jesus was in the driver’s seat of hers and your life! He knows exactly where He wants to take you. Jesus knows the way to eternal life. Again, He’s in the driver’s seat. Left on our own, we’d wind up in the ditch or spin around in circles. We’re all born headed in the wrong direction – hell bound children of wrath instead of heaven bound children of God.

 

Now, Jesus does more than just show you the way. He is the Way! He and He only is the path to the Father. Jesus is the highway to heaven. His perfect life, His holiness, His prayers, His suffering, death and resurrection are the way! Jesus is the Way! Jesus is the only bridge across the gap from death to life, the only path through the wilderness to pastures of green grass, the only ladder that spans earth and heaven. Jesus is the only mediator between God and man.

 

There is something that joins heaven and earth together so that there is now a new and living way to God. That’s the crucified Good Friday body of Jesus. Because of Jesus and only because of Jesus, Sandy and you have access to the Father. Through faith in Jesus Sandy and all of you have eternal life with God. That’s what it means for Jesus to be the Way.

 

I want to comfort you with one more point from the Sandy’s confirmation verse. It’s this. Jesus says He is the Life. Life is the destination of Jesus being the Way and the Truth. Jesus brings you to the end of your life and gives you His eternal life. Jesus came that Sandy and all of you might have life.

 

To believe in Jesus is to have life even though we die. Jesus speaks the words of eternal life.

 

I’ll let you in on a little secret: You’ve already begun to die in holy baptism and already you live in Jesus through holy baptism. Remember Romans 6? You continue to die daily to sin until you reach your earthly grave. And yet you already live – having been raised with Jesus for a new life spelled

F-A-I-T-H.

 

Life is what we want more than anything. Sadly, we chase things that promise life but can’t deliver. Jesus, however, with Sandy’s confirmation verse would tear and turn our hearts from everything that promises life and pin them entirely on Him alone! Only Jesus is the Life. Only His death conquers sin, death and the grave. He wants to overcome your death with His life. He did for Sandy!

 

Jesus is the Way. He is the Truth. He is the Life. He is the only Way from death to life, from hell to heaven, from the devil to God. He is the only Truth that overcomes the lies that kill us. He is the only Life that is eternal life. Only Jesus leads to eternal life with God. He has the Good Friday scars to prove it.

 

Trust only in Him. Learn Him. Live Him. He is your Way, your truth and your Life just as He was for Sandy.

 

In the Name of Jesus.

 

 

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