Luke and The Lost
When challenged by an unbeliever, are you prepared to quote God’s Word in the right way at the right time so you can help them understand more about God? Jesus is perfect, (of course), in nailing down the meaning of questions thrown at him meant to tear down Jesus’ preaching. Like skilled lawyers, the religious elite try hard to use God’s Law to trip up the Son of God. Ludicrous, isn’t it? Because Jesus is Truth as the Son of God, He fulfills the Law, helping them to understand the INTENT of the Law. He was The Word.
The Sadducees, a group who do not believe in the resurrection of anyone, comes to try their hand at turning what Jesus says about God’s Law into foolishness. Jesus has the greatest answer that does not thwart the Law in any way and teaches us about God and heaven at the same time! There is no one like our God! Right?!
Have WE stopped to think about what Jesus is really saying?
Many times as pastors and well meaning others who want to comfort those who have just lost a spouse, we will say, “you will see them again.” Yes, but there is MUCH more! All who believe will see what they have never seen and be rejoicing in heaven with God forever! We will have a new body that will use every physical sense and beyond to see, hear, touch, and finally understand all the mysteries, ecstasies and intimacies surrounding God, our Heavenly Father. This unfathomable joy will forget all earthly worries and cares for there is no crying there.
This joy unspeakable will provoke nothing but praise and worship for the Creator of all, Who is in all and above all! The Lamb of God, Jesus Christ will welcome us with open arms like the father who looked down the road for his prodigal son and ran to welcome him back into their home. Jesus, our Savior, is preparing a place for you and for me who believe Him with all our heart, mind and soul. Can you imagine hearing the Voice of God saying, “There you are!” “Take your place at my table!”
Marriage, a wonderful union between our spouse and ourselves was created by God for us to enjoy and as much as we do, there will be even greater cause for joy in heaven that we cannot wrap our minds around at the moment. But later, we will. Yes, Jesus uses this “teachable moment” that was meant to trip Him up to teach us more about God and what to expect when we live with Him forever. See this story from the “God” perspective, not the human, worldly view.
Luke 20, The Message
All Intimacies Will Be with God
27-33 Some Sadducees came up. This is the Jewish party that denies any possibility of resurrection. They asked, “Teacher, Moses wrote us that if a man dies and leaves a wife but no child, his brother is obligated to take the widow to wife and get her with child. Well, there once were seven brothers. The first took a wife. He died childless. The second married her and died, then the third, and eventually all seven had their turn, but no child. After all that, the wife died. That wife, now—in the resurrection whose wife is she? All seven married her.”
34-38 Jesus said, “Marriage is a major preoccupation here, but not there. Those who are included in the resurrection of the dead will no longer be concerned with marriage nor, of course, with death. They will have better things to think about, if you can believe it. All ecstasies and intimacies then will be with God. Even Moses exclaimed about resurrection at the burning bush, saying, ‘God: God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob!’ God isn’t the God of dead men, but of the living. To him all are alive.”
39-40 Some of the religion scholars said, “Teacher, that’s a great answer!” For a while, anyway, no one dared put questions to him.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Yes…Teacher, what a great answer! Thank you for another lesson about You. We want to know more about you. We want to know you more intimately. Thank you for letting us in on your plan for our future even though we cannot understand it all now. Thank you for Your Presence. Thank you for Your Holy Spirit.
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.
About the “knee thing”…
“God elevated him (Jesus) to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11, NLT