Funeral Bible readings are popular choices for wakes, memorial services, and funeral masses. Bible readings can also be included in a funeral program, sympathy card or other memorial. The selection of Bible readings below is commonly used for funeral services by different funeral homes and churches; however, the choice is a very personal decision. Select one or more readings that mean the most to you and your family.
With so much emotion in you and your family members, even the simplest of duties can seem like a mountain of work. That is why your priest, funeral director and your relatives, are there to help and support you. Even though they can offer suggestions for funeral Bible readings, if there is a reading that is meaningful to you or your loved one you should ask to have it included in the funeral service.
The following are a few of our preferred funeral Bible readings. For more recommended readings, view our other articles on funeral readings or speak to your funeral director or church.
Funeral Bible Readings
“I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die”.
This reading promises eternal life for the believers. It says that Jesus is the life and resurrection. For this reason, whoever believes in Him will still live even if his earthly body dies.
“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.””
Life after death is also the theme in this funeral bible reading. It states that Jesus is the bread of life. Whoever believes and follow Him will never experience spiritual hunger. Moreover, he will benefit from God’s promise that believers will go to heaven after death and will be raised up during, what Christian calls, the Last Judgment.
These two funeral bible readings are very powerful passages that will certainly comfort the mourners.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?”
Jesus preaches that people should believe in Jesus and God, the Father. Belief and obedience in them will assure one that Jesus will prepare a place for him in heaven. Christians who hear these readings should not be scared of death if they emulate Jesus’ examples.
Gospel of St. Matthew 5:4
“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”
Another funeral bible reading which is suggested by many churches for funeral services is, again, found in the Gospel of John. It tells about the story of a friend of Jesus named Lazarus who died. When Jesus heard about it, he went to Lazarus’s tomb and called out “Lazarus, come out.” (John 11:43). Lazarus came out still wrapped in burying cloth. The Gospel of Luke 7:11-15 also tells the story of Jesus raising a dead man. These gospel stories clearly demonstrate the power of Jesus over death. They tell people that as long as one believes in Jesus, things do not end in the death of the physical body.
Listening to the aforementioned funeral bible readings will surely bring comfort to the people who are mourning the loss of a loved one. Allow God’s word to offer strength to your friends and family during this time of grief. For more recommended readings, view our related articles listed below.
Updated: December 10, 2012