A Baby's Funeral by Jeff Strite

A Baby's Funeral
Jeff Strite
Luke 18:15-17

Luke 18:15-17 People were bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. But when the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. Seeing this, Jesus called the children to him and said, ''Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.''

(PRAYER)
The death of a child is heartbreaking.
It shouldn't happen.
It's not right.

I mean, if a person dies when they are 70, or 80 or 90 we feel bad but we can sort of accept that. They've lived a long life... it's ok for them to die. But not a child. They've not had time to live... and a child should live, and breathe and play and grow to be an adult.

But the Bible teaches us that little children get to go to heaven.
''I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven
Again, Jesus said, ''Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.''
I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it

ILLUS: Years ago I did a funeral for a young man named Brian.
He was only 12 years old.
He died an heroic death. He saved his little niece and gave his own life to protect her.

But he shouldn't have died.
And someone noted how sad it was that his life was cut short.
That he died so young.
That he'd never get to enjoy the pleasures of life.

And when I heard that I suddenly realized how odd that thought was.
Brian had become a Christian just months before.
When he died... he went to be with God.

Brian was a cute kid.
When he went to be with his grandparents they doted on him.
They bought him things. Took him places. Met h ...


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