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Funeral Sermon. “You Know the Way to the Place I am going.”

Jan_van_Eyck_-_Diptych_-_WGA07587In Memoriam + B L F (1923-2014)

St. Peter Lutheran Church

John 14:1-6 (Job 19:21-27, Romans 8:31-39)

January 15, 2014


Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

God’s Word for our comfort this morning comes from the Gospel of John:

Jesus said: And you know the way to where I am going.  (John 14:4)


Beloved in Christ:

B knew a lot of things that I don’t know.  She knew many things I’ll never know.  She knew things it was not common for women in her day to know too.  She knew how to work the earth, how to plant, how and when to harvest.  No doubt how to milk a cow and put a harness on a horse.  How to plow in a straight line.  A whole lot of things that I don’t even know how to describe.  I remember talking with her at Salem about the way—I think—corn was bundled and stacked in the field so that it would cure.  This was and is something I know so little about that I don’t even have words for it.  These are not things she learned in school or from a book, yet quite important things to know.  Things that life or death hangs upon for many people.

And of course that wasn’t all she knew.  She knew how to take care of aging relatives when she was young.  She knew how to sew and crochet; that was what she was working on when I came to see her.  She knew how to take care of herself and manage the finances long before feminism and without even thinking about it.

This knowledge didn’t earn her a degree.  But knowledge that matters, really matters, is not given as easily as degrees are.

Jesus speaks about a knowledge that His disciples had which is greater than all the knowledge that the wisest of men can attain.  His disciples had not had a lot of school.  But they knew something immeasurably great.

Many of them were fishermen before they became disciples of Jesus.  And that was true, worthy knowledge, unlike the education of the scribes and Pharisees.  That learning did no one any good, because as well-read as they were, they could only lead people away from God, to death, to damnation.  Nevertheless they were well-respected and much praised.  By contrast the disciples’ knowledge as fishermen was useful.  It put food on the table.

But Jesus gave them even greater knowledge.  You know the way to the place I am going, He told them.

They didn’t think they did, of course.  “We don’t know where you’re going,” Thomas said.  We feel like Thomas in our lives as Christians quite often.  “What is God doing,” we think.  Why am I suffering like this?

Today I want to remind you of what you do know because of Jesus.  It is not learned in school.  It is not knowledge that is regarded as being useful at all.  Yet it is eternal life, and you know it.

You know the way to the place where Jesus is going.


  1.  He is going to the Father, to prepare a place for us.

He did this by His suffering and His resurrection.

  1. He is the way, the truth, and the life;

He is our Redeemer who intercedes for us before the Father.

Who will bring any charge against those whom God has justified?

  1.  So you can see what the world cannot see—that in all our sufferings, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us—that in those very sufferings, we conquer.
  1.  So you know the place where B and all who are baptized and believe in Christ are going;

To the Father with Jesus.

To the cross,  (so I’ll cherish the old rugged cross)

To the resurrection,

To the many dwellings in the Father’s house.

Let not your hearts be troubled, but believe in Jesus, and hold fast this knowledge that Your Redeemer, Your advocate, lives.  And you will see Him.



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