One of the most important aspects of a Christian funeral mass is the burial speech or sermon that is conveyed to those in attendance.
This final message spoken at a funeral could cement one’s eternity in Jesus Christ. That is why a Christian funeral speech is incredibly important and should be centered on the Resurrection of Jesus.
There are central elements in a funeral address that are vital in communication of the Gospel of Christ to the audience.
Christian burial speeches focus on the power of the Resurrection of Jesus
Isaiah 53:5 (KJV) says the following:
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ gives us all forgiveness of sins and eternal life who submit to His lordship over our lives and place our trust in Him.
By the power of His Resurrection, we are also healed spiritually and physically.
Christian funeral sermons should address the promise of the Resurrection
Revelation 21:4 (CSB) says:
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away.
Only in Jesus Christ has death passed away. Because of the Resurrection, Christ will wipe away all of our tears and take away our pain in all forms.
We are given new bodies that are immortal and incorruptible.
Christian funeral sermons therefore speak to this glorious promise in Christ is what gives us the ultimate hope that our soul is reconciled and we can experience heaven’s peace.
The last important truth that needs to be addressed in a Christian burial speech is the everlasting joy that is given to us by the Resurrection of Christ
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ gives us the beautiful conclusion of the matter in that we will be reunited with our loved ones. This is why the Resurrection brings us the joy that nothing else can provide.
1 Thessalonians 4: 14-17 gives us one of the most beautiful promises that will bring joy to all Christians:
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, in the same way, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
For we say this to you by a word from the Lord: We who are still alive at the Lord’s coming will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the archangel’s voice, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are still alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
One of the most beautiful accounts in Scripture is when Jesus cried for His friend in Lazarus before He resurrected him from the dead. At a Christian funeral, Jesus is crying with us.
Gospel of Christ brings healing to the soul and body
A Christian funeral speech is the most important aspect of a funeral because the very words of life are spoken in that message.
The Gospel of Christ brings healing to the soul and body. Most importantly, it is only the Resurrection that gives us the promise that we will see our departed loved ones again. It is only in Christ that we are forever.
About the Author: Justin Searls
Justin Searls is a Christian professional writer, author, social commentator, and ordained minister. He writes a weekly blog focusing on social issues in the Church and he has been published by multiple newspapers. Justin graduated from the University of Akron Summa Cum Laude honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a focus on history. Justin is happily married and lives with his wife in West Virginia.