Funeral Sermon for Ralph Woolhether / March 30th Holy Saturday 2013
Funeral Sermon for Ralph Adrian Woolhether / March 30th Holy Saturday 2013 / Rev. Ted Giese Mount Olive Lutheran Church / Service held at Regina Funeral Home, Regina Saskatchewan.
[Jesus says to His disciples,] “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.”(John 14:1-7 ESV)
Let us pray: May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight O Lord. Amen.
Grace peace and mercy to you from God our Father and from our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Good Christian Friends. On the night in which He was betrayed Jesus says to His Disciples, “Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also.” Jesus knows what’s coming next; He knows He’ll be betrayed by Judas, He’ll be arrested under false accusations, and put through a sham trial and that He’ll be put to death. He knows this, they don’t. He wants them to keep the faith and not be shaken by the events that are unfolding around them. He wants their hearts not to be troubled because He also knows that His death on the cross isn’t the end.
Yesterday was Good Friday, the church and the people remembered Jesus on the cross in His death, today is Holy Saturday and we remember Jesus dead in the tomb, tomorrow is Easter Sunday and we remember that Jesus didn’t stay in that tomb ... and because Jesus didn’t stay in that tomb neither will Ralph. All through Ralph’s life Jesus was the Way, in the tough times when there were lots of questions Jesus was the Truth, and now in his death Jesus is Ralph’s Life. Jesus is the Way and the Truth and the Life for everyone ... for me, for you. On the Last Day, Ralph with all the faithful will have their bodies and souls reunited as they are raised from the dead. His body on that day will be free from every trouble, his back will never break, his mind will never falter, his temperament will be perfect and his memory will be without blemish, every tear will be wiped from his eyes. This is not just for Ralph but for you.
In this life we may want five minutes more with our Husband, our Dad, our Grandpa, our Uncle, our Brother, our Cousin, our friend ... but Jesus has something better than five minutes more here .... Jesus has prepared that House of the Father into your heavenly Home and in that perfect place, that perfect Home you’ll have your five minutes more, (in the happy reunion for all that Believe in Jesus) you’ll have an eternity more, you’ll have forever more with Ralph and with each other in Christ Jesus.
Each of us will come to the day when we’ll need a mover to take us from this place here to our new Home, Jesus is that mover, He’s the only moving company in town, no one else moves to that location. He makes things ready for you, with His hard work, with His blood and sweat and tears, with His strong back and with the rest of His Body: And when Jesus says that the job “is finished” it is finished, no one needs to add a single bit of work to it, not even five minutes more. Because He knew the Job, because He did that Job perfectly, Jesus can say these words to His disciples, Jesus can say these words to Ralph, Jesus can say these words to you, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also.” Dear Christian Friends, we all look forward to that Heavenly Home: let us thank God for His Son, who prepared that home for us and moves us there when our time has come. In Jesus name. Amen.
Let us pray: Lord have mercy on us, Christ have mercy on us, Lord have mercy on us, “take our minds and think through them, take our lips and speak through them, take our hearts and set them on fire; for the sake of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.
 Romans 10:9
 Revelation 21:4
 John 19:30