Despite our sadness today, we have this promise in Romans 8: 11, which provide us with tremendous hope: "But if the Spirit of Him who raised Yeshua from the dead dwells in you. He who raised Messiah Yeshua from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who in dwells you."

O yes, Death is our primary enemy, but in 1 Corinthians 15: 24, we see that Yeshua will ultimately defeat it: "The last enemy that will be abolished is death.” In (1Cor. 15) verses 51 - 57 we read: "Behold I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed, in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory." "O, Death where is your Victory? O Death where is your Sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law, but thanks be to Elohim, who gives us the victory through our Master Yeshua Messiah."

In Ecclesiastes 3: 1 - 2 we read that: "There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven - a time to give birth and a time to die." Our Father is showing in everything, but Himself that there is a time to begin and a time to end. We are given a period of time to experience life and to build our character to conform to that of our Creator. When we get immersed into the saving Name of Yeshua our Messiah, during our live on earth, we get given a portion of G-d's Set-apart Spirit, to guide us into all truth. At the time of our death, we know that our temporary dwelling, our bodies and souls die and perish and that is why we need to be buried, so that the dust, from which our bodies are made, will return to dust. However, we also know that according to Ecclesiastes 12: 7, at death when the dust returns to the earth, our spirits will return to the Most High, who gave it.

When we die, our bodies deteriorate where there is silence as per Psalm 115: 17 "The dead praise not ADONAI, nor do any who go down into silence." However, our spirits goes to heaven and is alive, where our Creator perfects it. We read in John 11: 23 - 26 that Yeshua said to her (Martha) "Your brother shall rise again." Martha said to Him "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection the last day." Yeshua said to her "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" A second witness to this is found in John 6: 47, where Yeshua says: “Truly, Truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life."

In 2 Corinthians 5:1-8 and 21we read: "For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house (physical body) is torn down, we have a building from Elohim, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven; inasmuch as we, having put it on, shall not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed, but to be clothed, in order that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.

Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is Elohim, who gave to us the Ruach (or Spirit) as a pledge. Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body, we are absent from HASHEM - for we walk by faith, not by sight - we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Most High." Continuing with verse 21: "He (YHWH) made Him (Yeshua) who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf that we might become the righteousness of G-d in Him."

My brethren we see in Psalm 116: 15 "Precious in the sight of the Most High is the death of His saints." In Ecclesiastes 7: 1&2 we read: “A good name is better than precious ointment: and the day of death, than the day of birth. It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all men, and the living will lay it to heart." According to Ezekiel 18: 32 "For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies." Declares ADONAI tz‘vaot. "Therefore repent and live."

In 1 Corinthians 15: 35 we read: "But someone will say: `How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?" We read the answer in verses 42 - 44: "So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; it is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body."

We know that there is life after death. Job asks in Job 14: 14 & 15: "If a man dies will he live again? All the days of my struggle I will wait, until my change comes. Thou wilt call and I will answer Thee." In 1 Corinthians 15: 20 -23 we read: "But now Messiah has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Messiah all shall be made alive. But each in his own order: Messiah the first fruits, after that those who are Messiah's at His coming."

Why must we die?

The Most High created human beings in His image using physical matter, with the mind power to think and plan and create. He created mankind with free moral agency to decide between good and evil. They (Adam and Eve) had to prove through their lives that they would follow G-d's way of life and develop G-d's perfect character. However, we know that Adam and Eve did sin - induced by the lies and temptation of Satan. Since then all humankind have sinned and fall short of G-d's glory. Death spread to all humankind through the sins of our forefathers. The Most High has allowed all of mankind to be led into sin by Satan, thus allowing us to see for ourselves where sin leads us. We see in the first part of Romans 6: 23 that the wages of sin is death. So as opposed to Satan's lie that after disobeying G-d our forefathers would not die, death was introduced.

In James 1: 15 we read: "Then when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin: and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death."

We all die physically, but will live eternally in the spirit. We read about this in 1 Peter 3:18: "For Messiah also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to Elohim, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.”

As we have seen before, whilst our spirits go back to the Father, to be perfected in heaven by Him, our bodies and souls are buried, and sleep in the grave. In John 5: 25 - 29 we read: "Truly, truly, I say to you an hour is coming and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of G-d; and those who hear shall live. For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself; and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in their tombs shall hear His voice and shall come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life."

We know that according to Revelation 20: verse 4 - 6 that there are two resurrections: "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony of Yeshua and because of the word of Elohim, and those who had not worshipped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark upon their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Messiah for a thousand years The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and set apart is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of Elohim and of Messiah and will reign with Him for a thousand years."

Whilst ___________________ was alive he/she walked worthy of the calling of Messiah (Ephesians 4: 1). He/she committed his/her life to the Most High and was immersed into the saving Name of Yeshua our Messiah. We know that even though he/she like all of us sinned daily, that because of his/her acceptance of Yeshua our Messiah's death in our stead, upon his/her immersion, and because of his/her ongoing repentance, that he/she will also be resurrected one day. Yeshua has through His resurrection, shown us that we would be resurrected like Him. When Yeshua returns, at the last trumpet, the dead will be raised imperishable. This is recorded for us in 1Thessalonians 4: 16 & 17 as follows: "For the Master Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of Elohim; and the dead in Messiah shall rise first, Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Master in the air."

The dead will be raised and their resurrected bodies will be joined to their spirits from heaven, which Yeshua will bring back to earth, at His return. We who are alive at that time, will be changed into spiritual bodies, so that we together with our resurrected brethren, will reign with Yeshua from Jerusalem during the millennium and on into eternity. We read about this in Revelation 5: 10: "And thou hast made them to be a kingdom of priests to our Elohim; and they will reign upon the earth."

So according to Psalm 3: 5, which states: "Into Thy hand I commit my spirit; thou hast redeemed me, O L-rd G-d of truth." It is fitting at this point that we commit ______________'s spirit into G-d's hand. ADONAI redeemed ______________from Eternal Death and we asked that as we read in Romans 8: 11 at the beginning of this service that the Spirit of Him who raised Yeshua from the dead, who we know dwelled in __________________, whilst he/she was alive, will also raise him/her from the dead when He returns. We also ask that our Father will be with ______________'s wife/husband and children and comfort them at this time of their mourning and loss of their spouse and parent.

Father we give thanks for the life that you have given us and pray for your protection of the family and friends of your beloved servant. We ask this in and through the authority and saving Name of Yeshua our Messiah. Amein.

Messianic Funeral Customs

Resolving the religious conflicts as peaceably as possible is essential. There are numerous resources on the web to draw on. We asked that the body not be embalmed--permitted almost everywhere as there is no health benefit, but risk to the public from embalming; and it slows the process of the corpse/mace from returning to dust. Yosef was penalized for embalming Ya'akov. And the casket is to be a Kosher wood casket w/o nails, so the casket does not slow the process of the mace returning to dust. The casket is not to be left unattended above ground and await burial. We asked, and the funeral home obliged our request to lower the casket while we were present and everyone participated in filling in the grave--it is the last act of tzadakah we can show the departed which they cannot repay. There is no "open-casket" service. If it is a male the corners of his tallit are cut off, with tzitzit affixed--my friend's were given to his sons and daughter.

If possible, the mace is cleansed, and dressed in a white kittel or a plain light colored garment--no fancy suit and tie, or flashy attire, or dress, no jewelry--naked we came into the world naked we will go out.

The mace is placed in the casket to be buried, preferably within 24 hours of death.

It is customary for family members to forgive and request forgiveness of the deceased. This is done individually in front of the closed casket beginning with the men, followed by the women. Other relatives and friends may do the same following the service.

At this point memorial remarks may be delivered. All may be seated.

Certain Psalms are recited in the presence of the deceased.

Mourners Kaddish is recited.

Family and friends gather to lower and bury the casket.

Post Burial Rituals -- many place stones on the grave as a memorial of forgiveness between the living and the departed.

The theme changes from caring for the departed to comforting the bereaved.

May the Ruach ELohim guide and comfort you and the family and friends of the deceased.

May the Ruach ELohim guide and comfort you and the bereaved...

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