“I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”
“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
But, at St Lawrence Parish Church you would have overheard the words of the dead man also. He had written them down years ago – in the back cover of his Bible. Listen in for a moment. “I confess to God that I am a sinner. I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for my sins on the cross. I believe that God raised him from the dead. I now repent of my sins. I receive him as my Saviour. I confess him as Lord. (Signed)”
Then listen in again to that snippet of Jesus’ conversation with Mary: “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”
But that wasn’t all that was overheard when the dead man spoke at his own funeral this week.
All through his life, tumultuous as it was, he had in quietness known his value to Jesus His saviour and Lord. He had written these words on the inside cover of his Bible. At St Lawrence Church you would have overheard them as you were perhaps trying to decide on what value could be placed on yourself in this world.
“Dear Lord, please guard me on my way.
Please guide my feet lest I should stray.
Please give me strength when storms come near,
To overcome enfeebling fear.
And, Lord, I beg my whole life through,
Please let me ever walk with you. (Signed)”
What is a Jerseyman worth? Of what value to the Son of God, to Jesus, was this man given that Jesus went to a cross so as to forgive his sins?