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The Answer to the Six Foot Hole (7 of 8)
Series: Seven Wonders
Job 14:14, 19:23-27
Introduction: Our two texts from Job provide a remarkable contrast. The first asks a question. The second offers the answer. We have all asked the question. I hope that we all know the answer as well.
Together the question and answer address one of the greatest wonders of life--an issue that we all wrestle with. Over the last several weeks we have tackled several of the big questions. Where is God? What is he like? Why am I here? Why is life so hard sometimes? Why do I sometimes feel so alone? Why is it so hard to do what is right? But all of those great wonders of life pale in comparison to Job's question of life and death! Let's see if Job's two texts can open a window of faith today.
First, the question. "If a man dies, will he live again?" You have wondered about that question. You wondered about it in a funeral home as you watched the grieving family quietly take their seats. Their gaze turns toward the open casket of a departed loved one. You see the pain. You hear the sobs. Soft music, beautiful flowers, and reassuring words offer comfort. But the question lingers, if a person dies, will he live again?
Every one of us in this room, except perhaps the very young, have been there, done that! I know I have. I have been there as a preacher. I have officiated at twenty funerals since I have been here. I have taken part in close to a hundred funerals through the years. I have prayed at the graves of husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, the old as well as tiny babies and teenagers, the rich and the poor. I have also been there personally. I have stood at the gravesides of both my parents, all of my grandparents, a dozen or more aunts and uncles, my father-in-law, and others too numerous to count. In the shadows, behind it all, the question lurks. We are left asking like Job, " If a man dies, will he live again?"
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