The world watched on Tuesday afternoon as family, friends, and thousands of fans bid goodbye to Micheal Jackson.
Mariah Carey kicked off the procession of star-studded musical tributes to the "King of Pop." Click here for more perspective on the spiritual nature of Jackson's funeral.
Speakers praised Jackson for his ability to bridge the cultural divide.
Berry Gordy, legendary founder of Motown records, remembered a young Michael who possessed wisdom and passion beyond his years.
"Though it ended way too soon, Michael's life was beautiful," Gordy said. "Sure, there were some sad times and maybe some questionable decisions on his part, but Michael Jackson accomplished everything he dreamed of."
Although Jackson grew up a devout Jehovah's Witness, later in life, his religious affiliation was unclear.
However, at his memorial service, those who knew him best referenced God several times.
"As much as we may feel and we do that we need Michael here with us, God must have needed him far more," legendary musician Stevie Wonder said.
"It is only God's love that will anchor you and sustain you and move you to a higher ground far above the noise of life," said Dr. Bernice king, minster and daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "There you will find the peace, comfort, and joy to move forward to advance Michael's legacy."
In a tearful conclusion, Michael's brother Marlon made it clear he believes Michael is in Heaven.
"You know the Lord has a purpose for everything and sometimes we just can't see it or understand it, but it will be made clear to us when we reach that ultimate, ultimate reward of being in his presence and michael you're right there," Marlon said. "You have finished your work here on earth and the Lord has called you to come home with him."
No doubt there was not a dry eye in the house when Michael's daughter Paris in her tearful respects to her dad.
"Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine," Paris said. "And I just wanted to say I love him."
And after Michael's golden casket was rolled away, a prayer by Pastor Lucious W. Smith of the Friendship Baptist Church in Pasadena, Ca., ended the service.