Death Is a Part of Life
Genesis 3:19, NET
By the sweat of your brow you will eat food until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you will return.
Psalm 90:10, ESV
The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.
Psalm 146:4, TLB
For every man must die. His breathing stops, life ends, and in a moment all he planned for himself is ended.
Hebrews 9:27, KJV
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.
Death Saves the Righteous
Isaiah 57:1 - 2, NLT
Good people pass away; the godly often die before their time. But no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. For those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die.
No Fear at Funerals
Psalm 23:1,4, NIV
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want . . . Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Our Life Returns to God
Ecclesiastes 12:7, ERV
Your body came from the earth. And when you die, it will return to the earth. But your [human] spirit came from God, and when you die, it will return to him.
Comfort at Funeral
Matthew 5:4, NIV
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
The Dead Shall Live Again
Job 14:14 - 15, HBFV
If a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my appointed time in the grave I will wait, until my change comes. You shall call, and I will answer You; You shall have the desire for the work of Your hands.
John 5:28 - 29, CEV
Don't be surprised! The time will come when all of the dead will hear the voice of the Son of Man, and they will come out of their graves.
John 11:25, NKJV
[Jesus speaking] I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
Ezekiel 37:11 - 14, NKJV
Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, 'Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!'
Therefore prophesy and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord God: "Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves.
"I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it," says the Lord.'
1Thessalonians 4:13 - 14, ISV
But we don't want you to be ignorant, brothers, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve like other people who have no hope.
Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so it is through Jesus that God will bring back with him those who have died.
New Resurrected Bodies
Philippians 3:21, HBFV
[Jesus Christ] Who will transform our vile bodies, that they may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the inner working of His own power, whereby He is able to subdue all things to Himself.
1Corinthians 15:50, 53 - 55, HBFV
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does corruption [our flesh] inherit incorruption . . .
For this corruptible must put on incorruptibility [a new spiritual body], and this mortal must put on immortality. Now when this corruptible shall have put on incorruptibility, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."
O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?
Hope Beyond Funeral
Revelation 21:3 - 4, ESV
Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.