God Kept His Promise
The Funeral Message for Kase Albert Powell
March 13, 2014
Why? That’s the question a lot of people ask at times like this. Why? Why cancer? Why this family? Why Kase? Why so young? When there is a lot of pain, there are a lot of questions.
Those questions lead to more questions. Why do bad things or sad things happen in this world? Why are there hurricanes and earthquakes and crashed airplanes and diseases and death? Why won’t God do anything about these things? Why?
If we want answers to our questions, then we need to start in the beginning. Kase and Knox and all our students learned in the first weeks of school about the six days of creation. They learned that God saw everything that he made, “And it was good.” This world was a perfect paradise at the beginning. Imagine that! No sickness. No sadness. No sorrow. No death.
But the next story our students learn is about Adam and Eve and their fall into sin. When Adam and Eve first disobeyed God they broke the perfection of God’s creation. Problems and pain ruined paradise. Perfect humans became sinful humans. Life would be interrupted with death.
Answers to our questions begin there. Why do bad things happen? Why did this happen? Because this world is not perfect anymore. It’s because of sin. Please don’t misunderstand, hurricanes don’t happen, cancer doesn’t happen, because someone specifically did something wrong to earn it. The Powells didn’t do anything wrong and Kase didn’t do anything to earn cancer. But this and all other problems of this world are because this is an imperfect world ruined by sin where all people at some point will face death. “The wages of sin is death,” the Bible says. That is inevitable for all of us.
So a better question for us to ask is this: With so much sadness and death in this world, where can we possibly find hope? For that answer we can go back to the beginning as well. Immediately after Adam and Eve fell into sin and ruined paradise, God came with a promise. God promised to send someone to fix the problems of sin and death. God promised to send a Savior.
One of the fun things for me throughout the school year is to watch our students learn all the different Bible stories. They learn about Noah and the ark and they make little boat and animal crafts. They learn about Abraham counting the stars in the sky that would be as many as his descendants. They learn about Moses walking with the Israelites through the Red Sea, and they sing some pretty hilarious songs about Moses and Pharaoh. Then they learn about King David and King Solomon and their big sins just like all other people. Yet with every story in the Bible we hear about God’s continued promises of love and mercy.
These are more than exciting stories for children. These are more than interesting historical events for adults. All these people in the Bible are a record of God continuing to make promises. God promised to Adam and Eve and Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and Moses and David. He promised and promised and promised that he would send a Savior for his people.
Then comes one of my favorite times of the school year—Christmas. There is nothing like watching our students in their Christmas services. Seeing little ones like Kase and Knox and all the others singing—sometimes shouting—Go Tell It On the Mountain or Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful is precious and heartwarming.
But there’s a good reason that those little hearts and voices are bursting and shouting with joy. God kept his promises. God sent a Savior, his own Son Jesus Christ. That Savior came to live a life of perfection that we don’t see in this world, and he came to die a death that all sinners deserve. Then Jesus rose to life to prove that he has the power over death.
This incredible news that Jesus lived and died and rose is joyous because it brings to us more promises from God. Here’s a promise for you, one of the most famous verses in all the Bible: “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God promises that those who believe in Jesus will have eternal life.
Jesus himself made a similar promise that you heard just a few minutes ago. When his friend Lazarus died Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.” Jesus also said, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.” I could go on and on for hours listing hundreds of Bible verses where God promises that those who have faith in Jesus Christ will live forever in heaven.
And let me tell you about faith. Let me tell you about Kase and all his friends here, both young and old, who would say their prayers and sing their little Jesus songs every day. We adults struggle so much with faith and trust, but not children. Every Friday in school chapel I’ve had the privilege to stand up here and watch Kase and his friends sing, Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.
I also know that I will never forget January 10, 2012. I was sitting in a meeting in Milwaukee and my phone dinged with an Email. It was an Email from Amy. You see, I had talked with Amy a few times about other promises God has made about baptism. God says in his Word that baptism washes, forgives, and gives new life in Jesus to any and all people. The Email from Amy said she and Ken talked about it and they wanted to have Kase and Knox baptized. Three days later, the five of us were back in that little tower room, while all our teachers were in tears around the corner, and God worked miracles of his grace and forgiveness yet again.
So let me take you back to one of God’s promises. It’s a famous Bible verse I just quoted: “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.” I know for a fact that Kase was baptized. I was privileged to do it. I know for a fact that Kase believed. I saw him speak it and sing it regularly on our campus. He knew Jesus as his Savior. I also know for a fact that God has made hundreds and hundreds of promises. And I know for a fact he has kept every single promise ever, including sending his Son Jesus, and has never failed once. That means that all of us know for a fact, without a doubt, that Kase is living with our God right now and forever because God always keeps his promises.
If you would be kind enough to play along today, imagine for a moment that you asked me for $75. I would say, “Maybe, but that’s a lot of money and I’m uncomfortable with that. I would really miss that $75 and it would hurt my budget a lot.” But now imagine if you took $75 from me and I happened to be a rich and famous celebrity with billions and billions of dollars. Then, in the big picture, $75 wouldn’t be so much because I have endless money to enjoy.
Some of the sadness we experience with Kase is that he was so young. He was only four. We missed out on maybe 50 or 60 or 75 years with Kase if he had been healthy. My prayer today and into the future though is that we all remember the bigger picture. We certainly have tears of sadness that we miss time with Kase. That hurts. But in the bigger picture, what joy that we can look forward to endless years of living with Kase forever and ever in the joys of heaven!
Kase is actually blessed. Whatever pains or problems or hurricanes or wars are coming to us in future years, Kase will never have to suffer through. There’s no more yucky medicine or painful treatments. There’s no more sin and no more death for Kase. God was so loving and gracious that he spared his dear child Kase and brought him quickly to the perfect joys of heaven. God was also so loving that he allowed this at a time when Knox is so young and strong in his child-like faith that he has been one of the biggest encouragers in his classroom about this. So rather than us waiting to see if Kase would get better here in the pains of this world, now Kase is waiting for us to join him there in the glories of heaven. I couldn’t be more happy or more thankful for that.
In the last eight days there have been many tears for many, many people. I’m sure there will be some more. But on this day and every day those can also be tears of joy, of hope, and of peace. God Kept His Promise. He kept his promise to the world and sent our Savior Jesus Christ. And he kept his promise to Kase and brought him safely home. Now God will keep his promise to us that we will join Jesus and join Kase forever in heaven. Believe it and rejoice in it, because God always keeps his promises.
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