Sarah Elizabeth Lamb
September 5, 2011
On behalf of the family of Sarah I wish to thank each one of you for being here today… and though today is a very difficult day the scriptures make this promise:
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling.
And the bible also says;
35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Dear Heavenly Father, we gather here today to remember the precious life of Sarah. We also gather to say goodbye one last time and celebrate the life that she enjoyed here on earth and thank you for each precious moment and memory that we have had with her. Her life has touched so many in so many different ways. We pray that your peace and your presence will be upon us during this time and we pray this in the name of your Son, Amen.
Song: Doris Henson(niece)-Daddy’s Hands
As we gather here this morning to remember the dear and precious life of Sarah, I know that many of you are dealing with mixed emotions. On one hand, there are emotions of great sadness. Sadness not for Sarah because she is in a far better place, but sadness because we have lost a dear loved one. Sadness that we can never receive another phone call or get a card from her.
But on the other hand, there is great joy knowing that because of the relationship that Sarah had with the Lord Jesus Christ, she is in His presence. For the scriptures say:
2 Cor 5:6-8 “So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”
And for the Christian there is no greater joy than to be in the presence of the One that loves them like no one else can.
So today is not a day of mourning but a day of celebration. It’s not a day of regret but truly a day of rejoicing. Today we come to remember the life of Sarah and reminisce over all the special moments that we had with her.
It is at this time that I would ask all those that would like to share something from the life of Sarah to come forward and do so at this time.
Song: The Pioneers
John 14:1-6 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 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. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.” 5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
I. The First Promise to Christians is that We Don’t have to
Fear Death. Jesus said “Don’t let your hearts be troubled”
1) We are troubled when we don’t know what is going to happen when we die, but Jesus has taken the fear out of dying. He has conquered the grave and death so there needs to be no fear in our eternal future.
Rev 1:17-18 “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore.
Do you know what the good news is this morning? Death had no hold on Jesus nor does it have a hold on us.
Because Christ conquered death there should be no fear for the Christian because through Christ we also conquer death.
2) We are Troubled when we view death as an end instead of a beginning.
2 Cor 5:1 “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
Sarah’s life is not over, as a matter of fact, it has just begun.
You might have read in the Courier yesterday that Sarah Elizabeth Lamb, 78, of Randleman died Friday afternoon. Don’t believe that for a moment! Sarah is more alive today than she has ever been.
She has shed the temporary for the eternal, the tarnished for the spotless and the passing for the everlasting.
Yes our earthly bodies die, however our heavenly bodies endure for all eternity.
I love how the Bible puts all this in perspective.
2 Peter 3:8-9
But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Everyone here knows that it was Sarah’s desire to go home to be with the Lord. There’s nothing more that she wanted. To go see her mom and dad. To see Ralph, Ethel, Exie, and Pauline. And if you talked with her for a short while you would realize that she understood what Jesus meant when He said “Don’t let your hearts be troubled”. I think trouble was the last thing from Sarah’s mind.
Not only can we face death without fear,
II. The Second Promise is Jesus Prepares a Place for Believer’s in Heaven. What has He Prepared?
Rev 21:4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
1) A place with no more sorrow or crying.
Heaven is a place where the hurts and disappointment of this world have no more sting.
Where the frustrations of life are replaced with unspeakable joys.
Where the pains of life are not permitted and the failures of life control us no longer.
2) A place with no more pain.
Heaven has no handicap parking places.
There are not pharmacies and prescriptions to fill.
Heaven doesn’t have hospitals, nursing homes, or rehabilitation centers.
The days of aches and pains for Sarah are over, the trips to the doctors have ceased, and all her pain has ended.
3) A place of Great beauty
Let me give you a small glimpse of what Sarah is looking at right now.
Rev 21:18-22:5 18 The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones. 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. 22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. 25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). 27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. 22:1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. 4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. 5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.
III. The Third Promise found in John 14 is that He Personally Receives Us.
Now I want you to imagine this, the moment that Sarah took her last breathe in that old nursing home the very next breath she took in Heaven, and the Lord was right there to welcome her.
The first image she saw was the Lord Jesus Christ.
He was there with His arms wide open to receive her into that great mansion that He has prepared for all His children.
And for Sarah she experienced a love that we can’t even understand.
A love that forgives every failure that she had in her life.
A love that mends the hurts only she knew.
A love that understood every feeling that she had.
It is an unconditional love that completely satisfies the longing of her soul.
IV. The Last Promise is that there is only One way to Enter Heaven.
Jesus said to Thomas “Thomas, you say you don’t know the way to heaven but you do, I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
More than anything Sarah understood this. She understood that without a relationship with the Savior there was no hope of heaven.
She understood that Christ came to take away the sins of the world and that included hers.
She believed in the greatest promise given to all found, in three simple verses:
John 3:16-18 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Sarah’s life revolved around this promise and because of her relationship with the Savior, she is in a place that we can’t imagine and experiencing a love incomprehensible.
I know it’s Sarah’s desire that each one of you have the same relationship she had with the Savior and many of you do. However, there might be some of you this afternoon that have never given thought to your eternal future. This afternoon you are asking yourself where would I go if I were to leave this world? And I would like to take just a moment to share with you some scriptures that explain the promise that Sarah had because I know she would want me to.
The first one we have already heard “Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me.”
There is no other way to enter heaven; it’s only through a personal relationship with Jesus.
It doesn’t have to do with religion – i.e. Baptist, Catholic, Presbyterian, etc.
It doesn’t have to do with being a good person.
No one can pray you in.
1 John 5:12-13 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life,
Wouldn’t it be great to know that you will spend eternity in heaven. Well the scriptures say that we can know and that’s through a relationship with Christ
Christ paid the price for us to be saved.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
What must I do to have the same relationship with Jesus that Sarah had?
We must realize that sin separates us from God.
Rom 3:23 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Whether it be a little white lie or a lifestyle you know that is not pleasing to God.
We must ask God to forgive us for living that way.
1 John 1:9- If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We must ask Him to come and be our personal Savior.
Rom 10:13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
Let us close in prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father we once again thank you for the life of Sarah. We thank you for all the lives that she has touched and the memories that she has left. And now Father, we ask that you comfort the many family members and friends that have gathered here and help us to always remember the frailty of life. For it’s in your Son’s precious name we pray, Amen.
Song: The Pioneers- I’ll FLY AWAY