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Worried About Your FUNERAL?

Funerals are expensive, sometimes even more expensive than weddings. For instance, when the body of Emperor Hirohito of Japan was laid to rest on February 4, 1989, his funeral cost Japan 80 million dollars. We prepare funerals and honor the dead as a sign of respect, and as a token gesture of our desire to keep them with us. But it’s impossible to do so. The Bible says this: “No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him – the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough – that he should still live on forever, and not see decay” (Ps. 49:7-9 NIV).

Once a person dies there is nothing any of us can do to get him back; the price is too high. The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (Jn. 3:16). It also says, “You know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ … Through Him you believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and glorified Him, and so your faith and hope are in God” (1 Pet. 1:18-21).

Can you claim these verses for yourself? Have you been redeemed by the precious blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ? The confidence of the Christian is that he has been redeemed from an empty way of life, will be resurrected from the dead and will spend eternity with the Lord (1 Th. 4:16-18). Do you have this confidence? If so, why worry about your funeral? If not, why not do something right now to gain this confidence?

Write to us and we’ll help you understand what God has planned for those who accept His Son as their Savior.

By Tom Steere

With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA. Website: www.gtpress.org

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