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WOODARD, MARTHA
Good morning, I want to thank you for being here, and on behalf of the family, thank you for being here.
John 14:1–3 HCSB
“Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.
Psalm 16:11 ESV
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
INTRO BIBLE VERSE-
We are here to celebrate the life of Martha Woodard... not only her earthly life, but to celebrate the joy that she has now in the presence of her Savior. On Sunday December 17th at the age of 87, Martha went to be with the Lord, passing away peacefully with family by her side. She is survived by her son Ronnie Woodard (Kim) of Gainesville, daughter Brenda Carr (David) of High Springs, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, her sister Joy Farr (Wayne) of Newberry, and many nieces and nephews and 3 sisters-in-law. Here today we are gathered together as family and friends, those who love and were impacted by Martha’s life.
On Sunday December 17th at the age of 87, Martha went to be with the Lord, passing away peacefully with family by her side. She is survived by her son Ronnie Woodard (Kim) of Gainesville, daughter Brenda Carr (David) of High Springs, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, her sister Joy Farr (Wayne) of Newberry, and many nieces and nephews and 3 sisters-in-law. Here today we are gathered together as family and friends, those who love and were impacted by Martha’s life. We are here to celebrate not only her earthly life, but to celebrate the life that she has now in the presence of her Savior.
On Sunday December 17th at the age of 87, Martha went to be with the Lord, passing away peacefully with family by her side. She is survived by her son Ronnie Woodard (Kim) of Gainesville, daughter Brenda Carr (David) of High Springs, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, her sister Joy Farr (Wayne) of Newberry, and many nieces and nephews and 3 sisters-in-law. Here today we are gathered together as family and friends, those who love and were impacted by Martha’s life. We are here to celebrate not only her earthly life, but to celebrate the life that she has now in the presence of her Savior.

PRAY- Praise and comfort.

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Brother David

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“If someone dies will they live again?”
“25 But I know my living Redeemer, v
and He will stand on the dust at last. y
26 Even after my skin has been destroyed,
yet I will see God in my flesh.
27 I will see Him myself;
my eyes will look at Him, and not as a stranger.
My heart longs within me. [1]
Great comfort can be found in these promises.
About Martha
I want to thank you for being here today. There were many who cared about Genie. it would seem passed too early, at the age 62. She was known for her kindness. She enjoyed life, traveling, loved the beach, and enjoyed Gator sports. She was easy-going and could get along with pretty much anybody. For this reason she had many friends. Kathryne described her as “the type of person who attracted many great friends, but she also had the personality to put up with all of them.” She loved her friends. One of the primary reasons she chose to go through these last rounds of radiation was so that she could talk to her friends before she passed.
Because of Jesus, and the fact that Martha was a believer in Him, we have great confidence in where she is today. It is us, not her that needs the encouragement from God’s word.
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Background- The sisters had sent for Jesus because their brother was sick. Jesus didn’t come as fast as they would have liked and their brother died.

Notice the Sisters Response

The sisters grieve for their “brother.” V. 19-21, 31-32

Why were they grieving, because this was their “brother.” His life had meant something to them and now he had passed away.
During her life, Mrs. Martha made such an impact on so many. She is not just Mrs. Woodard to so many of you. She is a loving mother, a caring Grandmother and Great-grandmother, a sister, an aunt, a trusted friend, a committed sister in Christ.
o Genie is a sister, a daughter, an aunt, a friend.

The Sisters ask in effect, “Why” v 21, 32

The question “why” is normal to ask. The truth is, no matter what age, when death comes, for those of us left behind, there needs to be something in us that recognizes that this isn’t right. We don’t just need to ask the question “why,” when someone who is relatively young dies. Some people think that 87 is old. “Your young and you have a lot to learn.”
It is true that death should never “feel” right. Creation, there was no death. Death is not natural, it may be normal, but its not natural.
o Some people think that 87 is old. “Your young and you have a lot to learn.”
The “Why” of the sisters went deeper though, as they both asked “Why weren’t you there” It seems that they were saying, Jesus if you had cared, you would have been there, and stopped this.

Notice Jesus’ Care for the Sisters VV 33-35

o “Jesus wept” v. 35
Mrs. Martha cared about her family, her church family, She cared about those at North Central as well. her friends. She cared so much about those around her. If you’re grieving, Mrs. Martha would want you to know Jesus’ care for you.
Christmas-
Hebrews 4:15 HCSB
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin.
Yes he cares for you, but there is more, because it points out that this is not the end.
John 11:40 HCSB
Jesus said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”
And he raised Lazarus.

Notice the Plan

· It is tempting to approach these times with no hope. V. 32
It is tempting to approach these times with no hope. V. 32
o Remove the stone v. 39… but its too late. it’s been four days
o Come out Lazarus. V. 43

The Plan is also for every believer in Christ. It is for Mrs. Martha even now. This isn’t over...

She believed it. She reminisced at her years at North Central, cooking. She talked about those days and how so many of her friends had already gone to be with the Lord. I asked her, Do you think there will be a kitchen in heaven, she said, “I know there will be!”
The plan was for all to see the glory of God, and his glory is seen as death is overcome!
John 11:24–26 HCSB
Martha said, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die—ever. Do you believe this?”
John 11:24–25 HCSB
Martha said, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.
John 11:
o There is hope in Christ… cherish the promises… v. 25
GOSPEL

Conclusion: Her SMILE, her hugs.

“I love Jesus and I can’t wait to put my arms around Him. I think He’s already got his arms around me”
. “In your presence is fullness of joy; In your right hand there are pleasures forever”
Gospel
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Graveside

2 Corinthians 5:8 KJV 1900
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
Job 14:14 HCSB
When a man dies, will he come back to life? If so, I would wait all the days of my struggle until my relief comes.
Job 19:25–27 NRSV
For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see on my side, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!
“If someone dies will they live again?”
Graveside
“If someone dies will they live again?”
“25 But I know my living Redeemer, v
and He will stand on the dust at last. y
26 Even after my skin has been destroyed,
yet I will see God in my flesh.
27 I will see Him myself;
my eyes will look at Him, and not as a stranger.
My heart longs within me. [1]

Pray

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Graveside Message-

2 Corinthians 5:1–8 HCSB
For we know that if our temporary, earthly dwelling is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal dwelling in the heavens, not made with hands. Indeed, we groan in this body, desiring to put on our dwelling from heaven, since, when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. Indeed, we groan while we are in this tent, burdened as we are, because we do not want to be unclothed but clothed, so that mortality may be swallowed up by life. And the One who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment. So, we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight, and we are confident and satisfied to be out of the body and at home with the Lord.
On Wednesday 9/27, she said, “ I know they don’t want to do surgery, at my age and with the condition of my heart, ...God is so good...I’m ready to go, I know I’ll be in a better place.”
The body is spoken of with great dignity. It is a tent. Paul also says that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Philippians 3:21 HCSB
He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of His glorious body, by the power that enables Him to subject everything to Himself.
1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 HCSB
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, concerning those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, in the same way God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus. For we say this to you by a revelation from the Lord: We who are still alive at the Lord’s coming will certainly have no advantage over 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 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. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

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