Wife, Mummy, Nurse: What is your only comfort in life and death? {Heidelberg Catechism Question 1} and Sermon Notes on Death

01 November 2011

What is your only comfort in life and death? {Heidelberg Catechism Question 1} and Sermon Notes on Death

That I, with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ; who with His precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, wherefore by His Holy Spirit He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me heartily willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto Him. {Heidelberg Catechism Answer 1}
John 11 Sermon:
Jesus demonstrates that He is the great Resurrector of mortal people and teaches the power of Christ over the grave.
As Christians, we don't really know what to do with grief, and we are mistaken if we think this:
  • Many Jewish friends gathered together to console Mary and Martha v. 19 and v. 31
  • The Jews thought Mary was getting up to go weep v. 31
  • Jesus himself expressed emotion over the realities of death.  He was deeply moved and troubled and He wept. v. 33-35, 38  Jesus' anger is directed not against unbelief, but against the death of Lazarus.  Jesus also did not weep because He missed Lazarus; Jesus knew He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead.  Jesus weeps with those who weep.  "Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep." (Romans 12:15)  Grief is the price we pay for living in a mortal world of love.  God made us to love and to be loved.
  • It is right to feel indignant towards death and to grieve.
    • Follow Christ in my grieving.
    • Feel free to weep, just as Martha and Mary did and my Redeemer did.  It is not my Christian duty to fight them off {I need to remember this one}.
Drew's grandfather died last Wednesday morning (around 12:30 AM); we do not know the state of his soul, only God does.  Pray that hearts will be softened at the memorial service (this coming Saturday November 5).  Pray for our witness to family members.


  1. Will be praying for hearts to be softened and for comfort and consolation for your family -- this is an encouraging post, Sarah. :) In HIM, ~Lisa

  2. PS: I appreciate your comment about Reformed churches. Sadly, there is a drought of hearing the fullness of the Gospel, the doctrines of GRACE, preached in American churches today. I'm thankful to belong to a rock solid church! I'm curious about your affiliation... ~Lisa :)