At the Burial:
Lead the coffin to the site, and stand on the end.
As we prepared to lay the body of Neil Kingma to rest. Let us hear the comfort that comes from the words of Scripture.
From Psalm 46 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea: though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.”
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the most high. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved. God will help her right early. The Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Blessed are those who wash their robes that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the Gates.
Revelations 14 verse 13.
And I heard a voice from heaven saying, write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. Henceforth, Blessed indeed, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them.
And now very tenderly and lovingly we commit the mortal body of one we have loved to the elements from which came, confident that her soul has gone on continuing fellowship with God, the giver of all life.
25 I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.
26 And after my skin has been destroyed,
yet in my flesh I will see God;
27 I myself will see him
with my own eyes—I, and not another.
For as much as it has pleased the Almighty God to take unto himself, the soul of our departed Neil , we bring her body to this place prepared for it, that ashes may return to ashes, dust to dust, imperishable spirit refined as by fire, may forever be with the Lord.
Let us leave this place with the imparted blessing of our Lord.
And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Amen
“My Redeemer Lives.”
Job 19: 25 - 27.
It is at times such as this that some of us are sure no one else feels the pain and loneliness that we feel right now. In fact, none of us probably would understand what Neil went through in these final years of her life. It is impossible to compare our pain and loss with that of others. Each of us go through it in our own unique way.
The one person who experience a tremendous amount of loss and grief is recorded in the Bible in the book of Job.
Job had it all, he had 10 children, fields of livestock, an abundance of land, a household servants and a substantial stack of cash. And then without warning, like an avalanche. adversity struck. He lost his livestock and crops, land, servants, and if you can believe it all 10 of his children.
Soon after, he lost the last human vestige of hope, his health. He had experienced his own sea of pain, and he could therefore write from experience of his own intense inner suffering.
But in the midst of his pain he made a profound statement of faith and hope recorded in Chapter 19, versus 25 to 27. I would like to share that with you now.
Job writes, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and he shall stand at last on the earth. And after my flesh is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold him and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” Today I want you to focus with me on “Job’s certainty.”
Like Job, even in our pain, there are some things that we can know, that is be certain about.
Twice in this passage Job states that there are some things that he knows (verses 25 and 26) with certainty.
First, Job states that he knows that there is a Redeemer. In verse 25. I know that my Redeemer lives. Job states that he is a mind reading or, he had a personal relationship with a Redeemer. This is a personal statement of personal conviction, not hearsay not speculation, but truth uttered from the heart with assurance and a firm conviction.
What is a Redeemer, one who repurchases and one who delivers from bondage by paying a ransom. No notice Job could have said, I know that my Savior lives. He would have been accurate. He could've said, I know that my champion lives. He would have been accurate. He could have said, I know that my advocate lives. He would have been accurate. But he didn't use any of those terms or any other. He said my Redeemer lives, that means that Job knew he needed to be purchased back. He knew that he ultimately belong to God, but that sin had interrupted that relationship. He had the confidence in God and in his goodness and faithfulness to say I know that my Redeemer lives. The one who buys me back. Now had this kind of personal relationship. She could say with confidence. I know my Redeemer lives. I believe that if she could speak to you today, she would tell you that there is nothing more important than having a personal relationship with the Savior.