Our scripture this week is Luke 20:27-38.
Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection.
Jesus shares the truth about the resurrection, which shows the foolishness of the Sadducees question. Our understanding is so limited that the reality of God’s love and eternal life overwhelm us. When the resurrection comes, we will be changed (1 Corinthians 15:51) and then our knowledge will be different than that which we know here on earth.
There is both a condition and a promise in the rest of Jesus statement. He says that only “those considered worthy of taking part in the age to come” will see the resurrection. There are expectations placed on our lives in order to live with God in eternity – being in relationship with Him and each other and sharing the Gospel message.
For those who do follow Jesus and keep His commandments, He says “They can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection.” What a wonderful promise this is! When we live as Jesus calls us to live, we may live with Him in the age to come!
Loving Lord, we are unable to grasp the enormity of Your blessing to us. Help us to live now as Your children that we may someday be the children of the resurrection. Amen.