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No Better Hope Than Heaven

Heaven Hope Resurrection

Source: "Inside the Funeral Homes Posing The Dead Like They're Still Alive" by Drew Schwartz

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Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2018-08-14

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:9 ; 2 Corinthians 5:4

Author: Rod Crowell / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

It's called "extreme embalming"--posing the deceased, not in a casket, but sitting or standing up, with the appropriate supports of course.  It might be the body of an 18-year-old young man, slumped in an office chair with a PS4 controller in his hand, as if he were playing his favorite game NBA2K--with favorite snacks at hand.  Or, a boxer propped up at the far end of a makeshift ring, in his robe and gloves.  Or a Southern belle socialite, sitting on a bench in designer clothes, with a feather boa, her hand cradling a champagne flute.

This is how their families wanted to remember them; frozen in a fond memory.

APPLICATION

When we lose a heavenly focus, it's natural to cling to the experiences of this life.  We look back instead forward.  We choose denial of the reality of death over hope in the reality of heaven. 

However, if we believe in Jesus who is the Resurrection and the LIfe, and trust Him to pay for the sin which condemns us to mortality, then we can look forward with confidence to something far better than a posed funeral service--to an eternity too wonderful to even imagine!

"But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him" (1 Corinthians 2:9). 

Deceased Charged A Termination Fee

Death Selfless Resurrection

Source: “Tales of Actual Legislation: Death and early-cancellation fees,” published TimesUnion.com by Casey Seiler, January 12, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-03-23

Scripture: Philippians 3:10 ; 2 Corinthians 4:10

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Casey Seiler, Capitol Bureau Chief reporting for the Times Union, writes:

Targeting what’s described in a justification memo as an “unseemly demonstration of corporate greed” (as opposed to the seemly ones), Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther has introduced legislation that would bar service providers from charging early-cancelation fees if the reason for the cancelation is that the customer has been canceled from this existence.

It’s true: If you die under current state law, you could burden your loved ones not only with crushing grief at your loss (maybe) but also significant early-termination fees from a host of companies.

The inspiration for the bill came as a result of an experience Gunther had with her own mother. “My mother was a person that never missed a bill in her life,” Gunther said. But when Gunther and her sister stepped in to settle their mother's estate, they noticed something odd about the cable bill. “They were charging us a termination fee — which is ridiculous,” said Gunther. On further investigation, she discovered other instances from other types of providers, including phone and utilities.

“I just think it’s wrong. … When a family is despairing over the loss of someone, to charge a termination fee I think is pretty outlandish,” Gunther said.

APPLICATION

Thankfully, once we die, the world loses all its power over us.  I’m not referring to physical death, but to what happens when we follow Jesus’ example by dying to self.  That’s what it means to become like Jesus in his death. That’s also how we experience the power of his resurrection.

“I want to know Christ--yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:10-11).

“We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body (2 Corinthians 4:10-11).

Man Interrupts His Own Memorial

Easter Resurrection Joy

Source: “Back from the dead: Russian man wakes up in morgue after too much drinking, goes back to party” RT, Dec.30, 2015”

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-28

Scripture: Romans 8:21 ; 1 Peter 3:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

RT reports:

A man in Russia’s Far East woke up in the morgue after having been declared dead  … The man who was mistakenly taken for dead passed out after drinking too much … His friends called an ambulance and medical staff hastily declared the man dead before taking him to the morgue … However, the man eventually came back to his senses (somewhat) – only to find himself in a mortuary freezer.

“That night the local morgue was filled to its capacity, the bodies were not only on the shelves, but also on the floor of the freezer room, where our ‘dead’ hero was allocated,” Aleksey Stoyev, a police spokesman, told the newspaper.

At some point, the man woke up, failing to understand where he was. It was very dark and cold. In addition his brain was foggy due to the influence of alcohol. In the darkness, he felt someone’s completely cold limbs and in fear rushed to the door. But it was locked.

He started screaming for help and pounding on the door. His calls drew the attention of the morgue’s guard, who reported the situation to the doctors. The latter thought that the guard was imagining things, according to the local report. Nonetheless, out of cautiousness the doctors called police.

Opening the door police were met by the ‘resurrected’ man who in panic ran out of the room, according to the department of criminal investigations. Police questioned the man and released him.

Returning to the place of the party, he found his friends were still drinking, but this time commemorating him. The person who opened the door was so shocked that he fainted, Hasanskie Vesti says. The commemoration ceremony was quickly revamped into a re-birthday party.

APPLICATION

Isn’t that what happened on Easter Sunday? Jesus interrupted his own memorial. The sadness, the resignation, the despair were all instantly transformed into a celebration of life when the disciples first saw the risen Christ.

But there was so much more to their joy than just having their master and teacher back from the dead.  When Jesus rose from the dead, he rose for all of us.  When we celebrate his resurrection, we celebrate our own victory over sin and death, we celebrate the redemption of all of creation.

“Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit” (1 Peter 3:18, NLT).

"For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God" (Romans 8:20-21).

God Will Bring Us Home

Resurrection Heaven God's Promises

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-01-31

Scripture: Psalms 139:13 ; Revelation 21:4

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Magician Raise Thyself!

Resurrection Easter Hope

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-22

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:21

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Critics Choice

Hardness of Heart Resurrection Bible

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2015-08-04

Scripture: John 1:11

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Easter Quotes

Easter Quotes Resurrection Abiding

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-18

Author: Various
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Witnesses to the Resurrection

Resurrection Testimony Persecution

Contributed By: Geoff Follas | Date Posted: 2015-04-04

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What's More Difficult?

Faith Apologetics Resurrection

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-07-15

Author: Blaise Pascal / Illustration Exchange
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God Had Nothing To Do With It

Death False Hope Resurrection

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2014-06-13

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:36

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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