God's Sword of Truth - The Word
"Let the dead bury their dead".
One of the biggest costs for the living (after purchasing a home and car), and, one of the biggest money makers in this country, is putting the dead shells of people into the ground. It is amazing how custom and tradition have taken over, and the burying of the dead has become such a big deal to the world. The American standard for funeral care is nothing more than a product of marketing.
Christians should know that DEATH HAPPENS and putting a human body in the grave is temporary - it shall turn to dust but it shall rise again in its new form for the judgment. To the Christian, the body is but a shell, an earthly form of flesh, blood and bone, it is for human use on the earth. We shall have a spirit body - immortal - it shall live forever and will be composed of flesh and bone with no blood or organs.
There should always be joy in death for the Christian. If you cry, cry for the living, for those who are left behind in this evil world - the Christian who is being buried isn't crying, he/she is in Heaven with the Lord Jesus. "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38-39 KJV)
I can hardly wait to go to Heaven and I don't care what you do to my old body (2 Corinthians 5:6-9). I have told my wife to bury me as cheaply as she can with no service, no funeral home room rent - nothing, just give my body to the undertaker and let them put me away as quickly and cheaply as possible (in a cardboard box if possible). I will not be present in the body but will be in Heaven in spirit with the Lord, beginning my new life which shall last forever with the Lord. That is what this life is all about, getting to Heaven to be with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Remember, this life is just a testing ground as to where we will spend eternity after we die in the flesh, and we all have to die, that is, except those at Rapture - "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so all we ever be with the Lord." (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). Are you ready? Death is the beginning, not the end, for those who are ready. Let us put death back where it belongs, in its proper perspective, as it is not the end, but the beginning of life in the hereafter with the Lord. One day, we shall all stand before the Lord.
Every man and woman will die, just as surely as he or she had been born! Of all people, believers, the followers of Jesus Christ, should know that everyone dies eventually. Once a person dies, he or she is in the Lord's hands and we are not to worry about them or where they go, as we can't change things for them that have died. If they were in hell, would you want to go with them? I pray not! Leave it with the Lord, and leave it there, they are in His hands. If you are following Christ, you should not worry about the dead - witness to the living who are still alive and need your help.
Remember, your seed is not really yours, it belongs to the Creator of ALL things - the Lord Jesus. He can reproduce you or your seed a million times over, as well as the love you have for anyone. All things are the Lord's. You are just a steward of His.
"And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain [man] said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air [have] nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay [his] head. And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."
If you follow Christ, and belong to Him, do not worry about death, it has no part in your life or walk as a Christian. Remember, there was no service over the body of the Lord when He died. They took Him down from the tree and laid Him in the tomb (Read Matthew 27:59-60). Death is not a burden, it is joy. Besides, nothing can happen to you unless the Lord allows it. If you are His, and in His Hands, nothing can happen to you until He says so, then it will be to take you home with Him forever.