“The Exit Journey to Home, Death” Sunday 05/22/11 sermon two of “In My Father’s House”, sermon series by Pastor Richard Daughtridge

Pastor Richard A. Daughtridge

“The Exit Journey to Home , Death” sermon two of  “In My Father’s House”, sermon series by Pastor Richard Daughtridge

Ever drive to Disney? I did a number of times and it never got easier. With three children and a creatively energized wife it was an interesting journey.  We didn’t have a DVD in the back seat.  We played punch bug, alphabet animals, told stories, drank coffee, sang the same songs over and over again. One I remember: “Who put the bop in the bop ju bop who put the ram in the ramadam-a-ding dong.” Radio stations only lasted a few miles then you go through the dial trying to find another one. Once I remember listening to the static unconsciously and wondered how long since I heard a station on it. It took forever to get there.

I hold the world record for hearing the question, “Are we there yet?”, probably over a million times. Second only to that is the question, “How much longer?’

Life is much the same.

Last week we found death to be a journey. The journey begins at Calvary where eternal life was gifted to us. Then we were  empowered at the tomb where we were raised with Christ in resurrection, made alive again as eternal spirits to finish our work on earth. Now  we continue our journey to eventually arrive in a place  much more fascinating than Disney. We will arrive at what Christ called, “My Father’s House”.  The exit sign ahead reads Death but that word has been crossed out on the sign and above it written, “Welcome Home”. A note is attached underneath that reads  John 3:16. Yes this our exit and we are at our Father’s House. Next week we’ll go inside but today we examine the exit ahead that leads from life on earth  to life in Heaven.

Following Christ means  everything .  Our works on earth will make eternity even more enjoyable because we’ll be there with those we’ve served. .

John 14:2  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

Ok how do we get there?

As we come to the end of our journey on earth we meet two things that have loomed over us all our life.  Death and the Grave. Good news! Listen to these words.

Hosea 13:14  I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.

If I could paraphrase God is saying, ” I will destroy death. Revelation 21 says there will be no more death, no more pain, and everything is new.

Death is a Hebrew word,  maveth that means  to die; pestilence; ruin.

It is this power of being ruined that God will deliver Christians  from.  Satan had this power until Christ conquered him (Hebrews 2:14-15).  God will destroy death (1 Cor. 15:24-28) These scriptures are found below.

Grave  is  a Hebrew word   she‘owl.  It means ruined or disposed of. The  subterranean place, world of the dead ,  grave, hell, pit. A place designed for the wicked.

Ransom is a Hebrew word, padah, which means sever. The chains are cut by Christ. There is no more power that the grave or hell has over me. I was raised with Christ in the resurrection. My earthly temple  may one day go to the grave but I won’t live there. The moment by spirit leaves my body I will be in the presence of my Savior.

Redeem is a Hebrew word ga’al which means to marry, to purchase, become next of kin by adoption.  

   Hebrews 2:14-15  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; [15] And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

1 Cor. 15:24-26   Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. [25] For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. [26] The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

Psalm 136:24  And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Rev. 5:9  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

John 5:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

2 Cor. 5:8  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 Daddy are we there yet?

 Hebrews 12:22-26  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, [23] To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

Sermon song:  He Keeps Me Singing

Announcement: Don’t forget next week is Blue Grass Sunday May 29th , Memorial Day Week End

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