Reading: Jesus Christ's resignation
Reference: Mark 14:32-36
Mark 14:32: And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.
Mark 14:33: And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy;
Mark 14:34: And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.
Mark 14:35: And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.
Mark 14:36: And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
Reading: Resignation brings forgiveness
Reference: Gen. 50:15-21
Genesis 50:15: And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.
Genesis 50:16: And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,
Genesis 50:17: So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.
Genesis 50:18: And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants.
Genesis 50:19: And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
Genesis 50:20: But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
Genesis 50:21: Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.
Reading: Paul's resignation to affliction
Reference: Acts 21:10-14
Acts 21:10: And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judæa a certain prophet, named Agabus.
Acts 21:11: And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.
Acts 21:12: And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.
Acts 21:13: Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
Acts 21:14: And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.
Reading: God's comfort and assurance
Reference: Ps. 23:1-6
Psalms 23:1: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalms 23:2: He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psalms 23:3: He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psalms 23:4: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psalms 23:5: Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Psalms 23:6: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Reading: Last words of two felons
Reference: Luke 23:39-43
Luke 23:39: And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
Luke 23:40: But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
Luke 23:41: And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
Luke 23:42: And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
Luke 23:43: And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Reading: Earthly ambitions and death
Reference: Luke 12:16-21
Luke 12:16: And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
Luke 12:17: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
Luke 12:18: And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
Luke 12:19: And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
Luke 12:20: But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
Luke 12:21: So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
Reading: Example of a beautiful farewell
Reference: 2 Cor. 13:11-14
II Corinthians 13:11: Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
II Corinthians 13:12: Greet one another with an holy kiss.
II Corinthians 13:13: All the saints salute you.
II Corinthians 13:14: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. The second epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi, a city of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas.
Reading: No lamenting at death of the wicked
Reference: Jer. 16:1-9
Jeremiah 16:1: The word of the Lord came also unto me, saying,
Jeremiah 16:2: Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou have sons or daughters in this place.
Jeremiah 16:3: For thus saith the Lord concerning the sons and concerning the daughters that are born in this place, and concerning their mothers that bare them, and concerning their fathers that begat them in this land;
Jeremiah 16:4: They shall die of grievous deaths; they shall not be lamented; neither shall they be buried; but they shall be as dung upon the face of the earth: and they shall be consumed by the sword, and by famine; and their carcases shall be meat for the fowls of heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.
Jeremiah 16:5: For thus saith the Lord, Enter not into the house of mourning, neither go to lament nor bemoan them: for I have taken away my peace from this people, saith the Lord, even lovingkindness and mercies.
Jeremiah 16:6: Both the great and the small shall die in this land: they shall not be buried, neither shall men lament for them, nor cut themselves, nor make themselves bald for them:
Jeremiah 16:7: Neither shall men tear themselves for them in mourning, to comfort them for the dead; neither shall men give them the cup of consolation to drink for their father or for their mother.
Jeremiah 16:8: Thou shalt not also go into the house of feasting, to sit with them to eat and to drink.
Jeremiah 16:9: For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will cause to cease out of this place in your eyes, and in your days, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride.
Reading: David's farewell message
Reference: 1 Kings 2:1-4
I Kings 2:1: Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying,
I Kings 2:2: I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man;
I Kings 2:3: And keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:
I Kings 2:4: That the Lord may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.
Reading: Paul's farewell
Reference: 2 Tim. 4:6-8
II Timothy 4:6: For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
II Timothy 4:7: I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
II Timothy 4:8: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.