Stanley Krause Funeral (Mt 28:1–10; Rom 6:1–11)
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Alleluia! Jesus Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
INI + AMEN.
What’s most safe? Most full and meaningful? There’s the sights of all over the world. There’s the places and jobs. There’s the people around us: friends and family—or just everybody, if you never know a stranger. But any sort of safety and meaning that’s there is actually empty and vain.
They’re gifts—real gifts. But they’re gifts that the Lord gives to all people whether they want something to do with Him or not. Those sorts of “God the Father Almighty” gifts are a vain hope for blessing and security. It’s why you need soldiers and security guards and med techs and doctors, too. These gifts come and go. A life lived, a life ended.
What’s safe and secure, what’s meaningful isn’t a matter of what we like to hang our hats on. What’s most safe and most certain is what the Lord Jesus Himself says and does: “He’s risen, just as He said.” What’s most full and meaningful is so not because of what we think, but, again, because of what the Lord Jesus Himself says about that thing, what He does through it. What He says and does matters. He’s the Lord, after all. Not you.
So, what would He fill your life with? Not gifts that last only a lifetime and are forgotten after the next generation. What sort of Lord would He be if He did that? No, He would fill our lives with Gifts that endure beyond this life, Gifts that moth and rust cannot destroy, Gifts that cancer and death can’t take away.
And that’s what He does! We rejoice in one of those Gifts today. February 22, 1948. That Gift is why Stan’s casket most importantly is draped white, why this candle is lit, why we grieve in hope: Holy Baptism. Continue reading