WILL A JASPER BE AT YOUR FUNERAL?
John Jasper was a prominent slave and Baptist preacher in Richmond, Virginia in the mid-1800s. He preached at many funerals. He said at one funeral: “Let me say a word about this [Name Withheld]. I say it first and get it off my mind. [Name Withheld] was no good man – he didn’t say he was. He didn’t try to be good, and they tell me he died as he lived, without God and without hope in the world. It’s a bad tale to tell on him, but he fixed the story himself. As the tree falls, there must it lay. If you want folks who live wrong to be preached and sung to glory, don’t bring them to Jasper.”
What a rarity is a Jasper!
Many preachers prove themselves to be liars at funerals. In their ordinary preaching they say Jesus spoke truth when He said: “Repent, and believe in the gospel”; “unless you repent you will all likewise perish”; “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 1:15; Luke 13:3,5; Mark 16:16). But at the funerals of people who refused to obey Jesus, they deny what they formerly preached, and speak of the unrepentant and unbelieving dead as dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, and declare that they are now in heaven with God.
A minister of Christ will not lie against God for you at your funeral. Therefore, if you want someone claiming the power to preach to glory those who disregarded Christ … “Don’t bring them to Jasper!”
If you want a Jasper to speak at your funeral of your blessedness in your death, then obey Christ in your life.