Saturday, February 7, 2015
“For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” (1 Timothy 6:7 KJV).
Earthly modes of transportation and material carry-ons are not allowed on the “highway” to heaven!
Fulfilling his final wishes, 71-year-old George Swanson’s ashes were placed on the driver’s seat of his classic white Corvette. A crane then lowered the vehicle into a burial plot where it was covered with dirt. It is decaying in a Pennsylvania cemetery even today—20 years later! “George always said he lived a fabulous life, and he went out in a fabulous style,” his wife was quoted as saying. “You have a lot of people saying they want to take it with them. He took it with him.” It is a most bizarre burial, but there are plenty of others interred underground in their classic vehicles (or even buried sitting upright on their motorcycles or horses).
Dear friends, God has given us liberty to be buried as we wish—in whatever manner we want and with whatever favorite possessions we want. What He would have us understand is that it really makes no difference who we were in life or what we had. Any material possessions we have now will profit us nothing in eternity because we will leave these physical bodies and dimension behind (today’s Scripture). If all we believe is this life, and that there is no “next life,” we will most certainly do everything we can do to remain attached to here. If death is the end, we should surely make the end as grand as possible. But, if physical death is not the end, and the Bible says it really is not the end, then it makes no difference how our funeral was held.
At death, all we can really take is the Bible doctrine we stored in our inner man. Burial as paupers or princes is irrelevant; rags and riches alike will be left in the grave to pass away. The “road to heaven” is actually a “flight path!” As Christians, we will be carried spirit and soul by the Holy Spirit, arriving in heaven on a “first-class flight.” No extravagant burial can surpass that! 🙂
Our latest Bible Q&A: “Must I maintain my fellowship with God?”