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Funeral of Roxie Kay Jervis

Well, this is a day we knew would come, But we had hoped it would be a long time from now.
Frank, I want you and Sabrina and your family to know Marci and I love you a great deal, we are heartbroken with you, we mourn with you. And we are also so very thankful for a Savior. Jesus is the only one who can take these sad days and make them better for us, and for Roxie.
But Roxie I think would tell us not to mourn for her.... She is home, she is safe and free from those things that hurt her here… She is in the presence of Jesus....
Jesus is the only one who can take these sad days and make them better for us, and for Roxie.
When I think of Roxie, I I remember early on, Sabrina referring to her mother as Foxy Roxie and I always enjoyed hearing that.... and that makes us smile, it helps our heart and I know Roxie would want us to smile, to laugh in the midst of this sadness.
I remember early on, Sabrina referring to her mother as Foxy Roxie and I always enjoyed seeing that
She was a good woman, a good helpmate to Frank, a good mother to her children and a good volunteer who served our church well for so many years.... She was an incredible blessings to us....
Our church is so blessed
Just a little over a week ago, Roxie was over at the Hospice house in Bristol and Bobby and I were there with Marci and Tiny and before we left, she called us over and said I want you two, to preach my funeral.
She knew this day was coming, she had thought about it for a long time…
But understand what this is not....
This is not a funeral, we will not sing any dirges and morn and wail here today....
This is a celebration of her life… Roxie has passed from death unto life .... her eyes closed here but they opened in the presence of Jesus… wow
Just a beautiful thought.
We do these things today because we must, but this here is only her shell, what the Lord allowed her to occupy here, and earthen vessel as Paul spoke about in Corinthians.
She is with Jesus, her soul was redeemed and Jesus was her Lord
As I asked the Lord about this service he brought two passages to my mind.... and
And here is where the Lord has led me, and this message is a bit different that what I have done in the past, but that is ok, he is in control of what needs to be said tonight.
These days must come… Job said mans days are few and full of trouble… Solomon the writer of Ecclesiastes says there are seasons in this life, seasons of birth and death...
But these men followed the Lord and they had their hope in Him.
So and the 23rd Psalm
Why? Why these two passages… In both the focus is on the Shepherd.
It is the Good Shepherd that cares for his sheep, He takes care of us.
So I want to share a couple thoughts with you this evening, about why we can look to Jesus and hold to Him during days like this....

1. The First is His Office....

The Bible tells us that Jesus is the Good Shepherd. The role that God assigned to His Son is what has blessed us so much.
Let me share this passage with you,
John 10:11–14 ESV
11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,
The office of the true shepherd is something that only Jesus can hold. He is the only person who not only owns the sheep, but would lay down His life for them.
Death, sickness, suffering comes into this world because of Adam’s disobedience, Adam and Eve sinned against God and the world changed, death came into the world....
How sad, because we suffer under the problem of sin..... But we have help...
We have a Good Shepherd
Listen to what Jesus says here.... I am the Good Shepherd and I lay down my life for the sheep.
In a world touched by sin, in a world with no hope, suddenly we have hope.
Remember the hireling.... when danger came, when the wolves came, when sin came into the world… they were powerless, they run away.... they cannot help.
Who can… Jesus.
Jesus always helps
Jesus knows us, verse 14… I know my own and my own knows me… I am blessed that Roxie knew Jesus as here Savior.
Why… He knows her, He loves her and He has laid down his life for her… And she knew Him.. when I say knew, it is not just a head knowledge, a heart knowledge.
He has taken her home....
Paul tells us that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.... She Roxie’s eyes closed I want you to know her life didn’t cease to be.... Our life is not defined by this body but by the Savior who laid down his life for the sheep.
D.L. Moody said once.... there will be a report that I have died.. don’t you believe it, for at that point I will be more alive than I have ever been.
Jesus said I lay down my life for the sheep… He is the Good Shepherd.
How powerful is this truth.... and then consider this...

2. The Second is His Work...

Think about this passage in John chapter 10 and also the 23rd Psalm. Both speak to the work of the Good Shepherd.
I remember when Roxie got the news that Hospice was the next step for her, that death was coming, when she got home I had a chance to visit with her....
I know she was worried, she wondered about death, about how this process would be, about pain and suffering… and we talked about the Shepherd.
This is what I love about the 23rd Psalm..
Psalm 23 ESV
A Psalm of David. 1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
This entire Psalm reminds us that the Shepherd takes care of the sheep.
First off, There is only one true Shepherd.. The Lord is my Shepherd.... He is Roxie’s shepherd....
And what does He do...
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Can you see the power, the love and the care of the Shepherd in this first section… He cares for the Sheep… He is our Shepherd.
In the same way Jesus became our Shepherd the moment we asked to be His, the moment we asked him to be our Lord and Savior… He came our Shepherd.
And what do we see… I shall not want.
The Lord takes care of his people. He has always taken care of our families and even in these last few months, Jesus walked with Roxie, took care of her, loved her and His presence never left her.
She lacked knowing in these days, the Lord walked with her....
And as move forward During the last few weeks, I can see the verse 4 illustrated....
During the last few weeks, I can see the verse 4 illustrated....
Psalm 23:4 ESV
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Walking in this valley, Jesus was with her, she was not alone… He comforted her but not only her but also all of us as well.
He has helped each of us as the days drew closer and closer… but Roxie and us as well, had no reason to fear..
Understand there is no fear in Jesus…
Fear is a tool of the devil to hold us back, to keep us limited .. Jesus reminds us in His word…
2 Timothy 1:7 ESV
7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
And in this last thought I think about Roxie’s state right now.... She is with Jesus.
Paul reminds us … to be absent from the Body is to be present with Lord
As Jesus hung on the cross, one thief asked to be remembered when Jesus entered into His Kingdom and Jesus promised he would see paradise on that day as well..
2 Corinthians 5:8 ESV
8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
and then I think also of Psalm 23
Psalm 23:6 ESV
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
I know exactly where Roxie is today… She is in His house… She is in His presence and She is blessed...
And we are blessed, yes, we would wish things could be different today, but we know she is safe....
And so....
What do we wait for… we till for that day as well… Not our own death but His appearing.
That is what we hope for .... the opportunity to see Jesus… but death has no more sting, the grave has no power… all because of Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 ESV
13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, 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. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
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Roxie is safe and secure, and she is home.
Pray
John 10:11–18 ESV
11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
John 10 ESV
1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. 7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” 19 There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. 20 Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” 22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” 31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” 33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? 35 If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— 36 do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 38 but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” 39 Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands. 40 He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. 41 And many came to him. And they said, “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” 42 And many believed in him there.
Psalm 23 ESV
A Psalm of David. 1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 24 ESV
A Psalm of David. 1 The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, 2 for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. 3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. 5 He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah 7 Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle! 9 Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah
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