In my lifetime, I have buried my father, brother, mother, two hamsters, and one cat. I’ve also presided over 50 funerals of children and adults. In addition, I’ve attended a number of memorial and graveside services.
As we were driving home from the vet when we put our cat to sleep, I was struck with the thought, Death is so unnatural.
God originally wanted us to live forever. The Garden of Eden contained both the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:9). When Adam and Eve ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and sinned, God sent them out of the garden lest they eat of the tree of life and live forever in a sinful state (Genesis 3:22-24).
When God recreates the world in the new heaven and new earth, one of the things he does away with is death (Revelation 21:4). Death brings with it tears, mourning, crying, and pain. All of those will be removed when God establishes the new heaven and new earth. The tree of life will be present in the New Jerusalem (Revelation 22:2).
Death and funerals are unnatural. They are one of the consequences of sin. One day they will gone. One more reason to long for Jesus’ return and joining him in heaven.