Funeral for a Man with Down's Syndrome
1 Corinthians 15:51-54
(David was a man born with Down's Syndrome. Despite the odds, David lived a very long life, dying at age 66. One of David's favorite singers was Elvis, and the family asked that Elvis' song ''I Did It My Way'' be played after the message)
I OPENED THE SERMON BY SINGING THIS VERSE FROM THE SONG:
''I've loved, I've laughed and cried. I've had my fill; my share of losing.
And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing.
To think I did all that; and may I say - not in a shy way,
Oh no, oh no not me, I did it my way''.
Jesus said, ''If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free… for if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'' John 8:31-32 and 36
In I Corinthians 15 we read this:
''Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed - in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.
When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ''Death has been swallowed up in victory.''
When Jesus comes again… David's going to have a new body.
And the question that comes to mind is this: will it be like the one he had?
Will we be able to recognize him in heaven?
David's earthly body was not like ours.
He was handicapped.
Some would say he was held in bondage by the body he lived in.
We call it a disability.
But you know, I've met people with ''good bodies'' - ''healthy bodies'' - who were in far more bondage than Dave. I've met folks who never lived as fully as David did. I've met people who were self-absorbed, self-centered… selfish.
They complained all the time about what ...
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