Luke 20:27-38 11072010 JUMC

We are people of the resurrection.
Jesus, even prior to his death on the cross teaches about power and purpose of the resurrection.
First, the resurrection is the affirmation that life is not limited by this life in these bodies.
Second, the life we are living now is the life we will continue to live…
Also, Jesus speaks of being worthy of the resurrection. Worth is determined by God’s love for us.
AND, God is concerned for our living and not our death.
Death comes to every body, but the spirit is what lives on.
In Joy or in Despair.

Making a Joke of the Resurrection. Who will she sit with in heaven.
Conservative Jewish teachers who didn’t believe in the resurrection; propose a scene in heaven:
A woman marries a man with 6 brothers. He husband dies,
and it is the custom that the next un-wed brother would marry to care for the widow. With no fault of the either the wife or the brother, they are wed, and he dies. This trend continues until she has married all seven brothers.
The question is posed: in heaven who will be her husband?
(No one asks why did the brothers keep marrying this husband killer)
Jesus’ answer is that marriage is not required in heaven.

Marriage was a contract of support and inter-dependence.
Heaven is a relationship where we are made whole through God.
Q: Will I know my family and loved ones in heaven? Sure! Certainly.
But marriage is no a contract we will needed.
(At first this appears to be unsettling and discomforting to grieving spouses.)
Remember, the TEACHERS were giving a hypothetical situation:
FOCUS ON THE LESSON ABOUT RESURRECTION AND NOT MARRIAGE…
Which is greater? Earthly contracts or Divine Salvation… Uhh?
What’s the big deal about the resurrection?
We come to this All Saints day to honor and remember those who
Live on beyond our worries, burdens and fears.
(Heaven is not limited by the bonds and rules of this age)
We live on, in anticipation of what God has in store for us all.
Don’t let rules of life steal your living for God. No tears, fears, dying

20:27 Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him 20:28 and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. 20:29 Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; 20:30 then the second 20:31 and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. 20:32 Finally the woman also died. 20:33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.” 20:34 Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage 20:35 but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. 20:36 Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. 20:37 And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 20:38 Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.” – NRSV

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