Weekly Message, November 10, 2013
The Sadducees are up to their old tricks once again in Sunday’s Gospel lesson from Luke. They try and trick Jesus and mock him with their question regarding life after the resurrection. The only problem is that they are out gunned by this Nazarene who they think is not up to their superior intellect. Jesus, of course, does not fall into the trap the Sadducees set for him. Instead he provides them with an explanation that the life in heaven will not resemble what we know on earth. He does not go into any details but says it will be different from this earthly life. Jesus’ response, in effect, makes the Sadducees’ question irrelevant.
Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:48-52 echoes Jesus’ words about the new life in heaven. He says: “As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so are those who are heavenly. And just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall bear the image of the heavenly. Now, I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, for the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised imperishable and we shall be changed.”
Neither Jesus nor Paul goes into any detail leaving the life hereafter a mystery. Let us not be so concerned about what it will be like, but have the faith to trust in that promise of heaven for those who believe in Christ Jesus as the son of God.
Let us pray:
Heavenly Father, thank you for making us children of the resurrection by our faith in your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen
Submitted by Joe Vogel