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Nancy Kersten Funeral

October 9, 2018

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Tuesday of Pentecost 21          Trinity Lutheran Church

9 October 2018                         Murdock, NE


+ Jesu Juva +


1 Corinthians 15:51-56

Funeral of Nancy Kersten


When Christians stare death in the face, even a nurse like Nancy, there is the certain and sure promise of Jesus that He is the Resurrection and the Life for those who believe in Him. Faith clings to Christ’s promise. Christ’s promise and faith go together.


Oh yes the “sting of death is sin.” Sin is the point of the spear that kills us. “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). However, Jesus has changed all that for the believer. On the cross Jesus bore all sin and all of its hellacious damnation. As He hung on the tree Jesus with everyone’s sin – the sin of the world – Jesus took the condemnation of the law and completely endured the Father’s wrath against all sin and every sinner. Jesus took the sinner’s place. Shed His divine blood as the only atoning sacrifice that takes away the sin of the world.


Oh yes, the “wages of sin is death.” However, Jesus Good Friday-ly took that paycheck in your place. In Nancy’s place. Her sin, your sin, the world’s sin Jesus took in His sacrificed-on-the-Good-Friday-cross. Your salvation, my salvation, Nancy’s salvation depends on Jesus taking and answering for all sin. Otherwise, your sin and all its damnation would rest on you. So with Good Friday Jesus you, Nancy and me have been given “the free gift of God – eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord,” (Romans 6:23). To which faith says: “Amen. Thanks so much!”  


And there’s always more! Eternal life will be a bodily eternal life. A resurrected body eternal life! Listen to the text: “We shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised imperishable and we shall be changed.” The change is that your corpse, Nancy’s body or what’s left of it – dusty dry bones — on the last day “will be raised imperishable… this mortal body must put on immortality.”


How can that be? Glad you asked. Here’s why. Quite simply: Jesus! Just as He promised, He physically rose victoriously over death and the grave. Put death to death. He is the Resurrection and the Life! “Death is swallowed up in [the] victory [of Christ’s resurrection]!” The fact of Jesus’ bodily resurrection gives you the certainty that Nancy, you, me and all believers in Jesus will also be raised bodily from the grave on Judgment day. An eternal life not just in soul but also in the body! Jesus is “the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep,” (1 Cor. 15:20). His resurrection ensures your resurrection!


Consequently, death and the grave are not the winners here today or ever. When it comes to salvation Jesus is the only game in town! His resurrection victory over death and the grave is FOR YOU! He did it FOR YOU! For Nurse Nancy! No wonder then that Nancy’s daughters wanted Mrs. Hohman to play played the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah before her funeral today. After all, Handel’s work extols Jesus’ birth, passion, death and resurrection for the salvation of sinners including Nancy.


“Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”


In the Name of Jesus.

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