Jerry Haglund was a deacon at Feltham Evangelical Church. he died eight years ago today. This is what he wanted read at his funeral and indeed was read at his funeral.
Some funerals are less sad than others! You may think that this is a strange statement to make, so let me explain what I mean.
Christians believe the words of the Lord Jesus Christ (as God incarnate) when He said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3. Again, “that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:15 and “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
I believe that in June 1952, when I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour, I received the gift of eternal life. Further, I believe that at the moment that I died I went into the presence of God. Paul, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, when he was writing to the Christians at Philippi said, “For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better: nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.”
Therefore my funeral is less sad for those present here today who are Christians, for they know that I am in the presence of the Lord. Many who conduct funeral services will, I believe, have a lot of explaining to do to God for deceiving people. To sum up their messages to their congregations is; ‘rest assured that your loved one is now at peace and in the presence of the Lord.’ even though they may not have committed their lives to God, or prayed, or read the Bible, or worshipped God, that somehow it will all be forgotten of God.
It is a fact of human nature that we are willing to accept the pleasant facts of life, but ignore the unpleasant ones. To sum up, there is a hell to be shunned, and a heaven to be gained; and heaven is not gained by good works, but by accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as one’s own personal Saviour, believing that the when he died on the cross it was to pay the penalty for our sin. I do hope that all present here today may, by faith, be able to say with assurance that they know their eternal destiny will be in heaven in the presence of God.