Well it’s been a full last couple of days for me. On Easter Sunday afternoon my grandfather on my Dad’s side, ‘Papa John’, passed away at 82 years of age. Two days later my niece, Hallie Jane Dunn, was born. As we were driving back today my son Joshua says, ‘Papa John and Hallie are kinda like opposites. One is ending and another is beginning.’ Very true. I guess the rest of us are somewhere in between these two moments. Ecclesiastes 7:2 says, “It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.” It is true. Everytime I walk away from a funeral it makes me take a good look at my life. What kind of legacy will I leave? What will people say about me? What difference will my life make? Those are good questions for us all to ask why we still have time to do something about them. My Dad gave the eulogy at Papa John’s funeral. Below is the final paragraph that really made an impression on me.
“So, my father taught us the importance of Honesty, Integrity, Hard Work, and Humor. But he left us an even greater legacy – his Faith. Dad accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior when he was 11 years old, while riding his favorite horse “Rusty”. He probably shared that story with some of you here. He also loved bible stories, and in recent months several of us had the chance to read scripture with Dad. On one of those occasions – very recently – we were discussing Salvation, and we focused on 3 passages that I wanted to share with you today.
Romans 3: 23-24 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2: 8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast.
Romans 8: 1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus
Dad had trouble speaking in the last few months, but on this particular day he responded to these passages very clearly: “It’s Money in the Bank!”
He was right. Our Salvation is bought and paid for through a risen Savior, and Dad cashed his check on Easter Sunday. I plan to follow my Dad.”