Funeral Sermon for a Miscarriage. September 2015
In Memoriam + Thomas W.
Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois
St. Mark 10:13-16
September 17, 2015
Beloved in Christ: Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”
Ryan and Tracy: You would never have allowed anything to keep you from bringing Thomas to Jesus.
So you brought him to Jesus in your prayers, even in sighs by the Holy Spirit. And the Church also added its prayers.
That was really bringing Thomas to Jesus. Prayer is not just a wish or a hope. It is certain that when we pray according to the will of God He grants us what we ask. He says, “Truly, truly, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, He will give it to you.” You prayed and the Church prayed with you that Jesus would give the kingdom of heaven to Thomas. We know that that prayer is according to the will of Jesus, because He said, “To such belongs the kingdom of God.” Let them come to me.
So Thomas was brought to Jesus and Jesus gave him the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God comes when our heavenly Father gives us His Holy Spirit so that by His grace we believe His holy Word and lead godly lives here on earth and there in eternity.
Thomas was made a believer in Christ. Like John the Baptist, who leaped in the womb at the voice of Jesus’ mother. Proximity to Christ brings joy.
You brought Thomas to Jesus and Jesus gave him the kingdom of God. It says in the text from Mark that Jesus picked up the children in his arms and then placed his hands on them and blessed them. It means that Jesus embraced the little children in his arms. He hugged them to Himself.
That is a comforting thought. John the disciples rested on Jesus’ bosom. Jesus hugs your son to Himself.
When we bring our children to Jesus, Jesus blesses them. But we don’t know how He will bless them.
Some He brings to everlasting blessedness through a long life during which they suffer many tribulations. Think of your own life—how many pains you’ve endured, how many temptations have come your way, how many sins you’ve added to your debt of original sin, with which your conscience is burdened.
Thomas has been spared all that. You brought him to Jesus and Jesus brought him to everlasting blessedness by a shorter road.
He has been spared the suffering of this life and given joy that is really joy, life that is really life. Where there is no sin. Where he is being embraced by Christ.
The thing you want most for your kids is that they go to heaven. Thomas has that now. You can be consoled by the joys that are his. You did your job as parents. You brought your child to Jesus.
But what about the grief and the fear that may come as you go forward in your calling as parents?
Just as surely as we lay this little casket to rest in the earth, you will see your son full grown in the image of Jesus at the resurrection. He will be like Jesus. He will be all grown up—not in the image of the man of dust, but in the image of the man of heaven.
And then we will be all grown up too, into the image of Christ’s glory.
Right now we are being conformed to Jesus’ image on the cross, but when it is over we will share the image of His glory together with Thomas.
We will wear the image of Jesus because we will see Him as He is.
Soli Deo Gloria