Have you been to a funeral that was a joyous celebration of life? A funeral where people look back at the life of someone else and just want to shout “well done!”? As a pastor, I’ve had the privilege of officiating many of these. Faithful men and women who made an impact on the people around them for good, who died without regrets, and there is no question where they’re spending eternity.
I’ve also been to other types of funerals- where the individual died tragically and suddenly, or where you have to say nice things about the deceased because you have to say nice things about the deceased. The death is a tragedy- an incomplete life that was cut short and was ultimately meaningless.
If you were to die today, what kind of funeral would you have? Would you be surrounded by friends and family who speak glowingly of your life and legacy- or would it be a time of despair and disappointment?
All of us will one day be the one in the casket at a funeral. How do we make sure it is a good one? How do we live the moments between now and then with wisdom? How do we live a meaningful life? This is one of those existential questions that we need to be regularly asking ourselves. But what’s the answer?
We find the answer in the example, message, and meaning found in Isaiah 53:7-12. I invite you to join with us this weekend as we study this passage together on Easter weekend. Our socially distanced service is Saturday afternoon at 3:30, and our Sunday morning service is at 10:15, where you can join us online if you can’t make it in person. We also have excellent Sunday School classes at 9 for all ages.
Have a great weekend and I look forward to pursuing Christ, Community, and the Great Commission Together with you soon!
-Pastor Nathan Rice