Death has a day with its own demise.
Death will have no eulogy.
The word. “eulogy” means to speak well of a person. When we don’t want to preach the gospel, we use the moment to speak well about a person. Many of us have been tasked to just stick with good, light themes of a person’s life and avoid hell.
We talk more about heaven at funerals and home-goings.
But with physical departures, not everyone goes to heaven.
But is there an end date for death?
2 Timothy 1:10 (NKJV) “…but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel…”
1 Corinthians 15:20-26 (NKJV)
“But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.
“The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.”
Revelation 20:14 (NKJV) “Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire.”
At funerals and or home-going, few preachers are courageous enough to explain why death came. But for the few that unflinchingly explain in love, the truth as to why death comes, and then explain the gospel of Jesus Christ, perhaps, many will come to repentance from dead works and faith in God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Paul, through the Holy Spirit said that the last enemy is death. Death is an enemy, not a friend.
We understand that some people celebrate death but when the body bag on a gurney rolls by, until a casket is carried in, until you look down upon the face of a dead loved one, friend, or acquaintance, many people will shrug it off.
Death is unforgiving. Death is unmerciful. Death is indiscriminate. Death has no emotions. Death sheds no tears. Death has no love. Death has no friends. Death is cruel. Death respects no earthly person.
But death has a limit.
Death is more than a nature. Death is a cold blooded killer.
But through Jesus Christ, death is abolished.
Even death has an end date.
On that day, there will be no casket for death. No flowers, and no eulogy.
For all those that are in Christ because of obedience through the gospel, death may come, but it’s not the end. But one day, death will be cast into the lake of fire. The holding cell of departed sinners will also be cast into the lake of fire.
So again, if you take the time to briefly explain why people die and the remedy, it’s possible that sinners will repent. But if you preach people into heaven, you’re doing a disservice and there may be blood on your hands.
1 Corinthians 15:50-58 (NKJV) “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but 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 incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?”
The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
But this promise is only for the righteous. The unrighteous will be resurrected to be judged and condemned into hell. This is the thing that we must stress, even at funerals and home goings. Otherwise, you’re not called to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, or at best, you’ve turned away from preaching the true gospel of Jesus Christ.