. . . In conclusion, consider the Christian burial service. In that service we express our convictions about the significance of death in the light of Jesus Christ. Consider the great importance of reading an obituary, a record of the dead person’s life. To the Christian, every obituary is the record of a twofold love. In reviewing the life of every person, we acknowledge how neediness has been filled by others. We indicate what has been communicated to the individual by all those who have nourished him or her. An obituary tells what the person has received by the self-expenditure of others, above all, by that of the parents and family but also by that which comes from all the anonymous ones who have sustained him or her throughout all those years. At the same time, an obituary also records this person’s life, that is, the course of his or her self-expenditure in the context of his or her dying. It indicates those main arenas in which this life was slowly or quickly spilled out. In the Christic experience of the newly dead, we do not have a theophany of the absoluteness of death. We have death integrated within the rhythm of giving and receiving, within the realm of the glory in which the Father and the Son live together. (Arthur McGill, “Death and Life,” 94-5)

. . . But Jesus answered them, saying, ‘The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. 24. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. 25. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. ~ John 12:23-26

. . . For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. . . . ~ II Corinthians 8:9

. . . Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6. who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7. but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond-servant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. ~ Philippians 2:5-8

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