Luke 20; 27-38v 38 “So He is the God of the living, not the dead, for they are all alive to Him.”
Jesus was always having difficult discussions with religious leaders. In this case He was approached by some Sadducees who did not believe in resurrection of the dead. They used the Law of Moses to pose a question about a woman who married seven brothers, one at a time as each died before she could have a child. They then asked when she died who would her husband be in the resurrection? First Jesus replied that marriage is something done on earth not in heaven. Our resurrected bodies will be like angels. They are children of God and children of the resurrection. Moses often prayed to the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob as if they were alive. So He is the God of the living, not the dead, for they are all alive to Him.”
I have been living in my sister in laws house and visiting my mother-in-law in a long-term care facility. Each place is organized differently to my own home. It took a while to learn the rules of each space. To understand the different way of living. Where the light switches were, to lock the door every time we left the house. As we entered the facility we had to sign in and make a COVID statement, wear a mask, and remember the code to open the door to the stairs and to press a button to open the door into the corridor. This discussion about the rules of a resurrected life from a group of Sadducees was about the rules of living in another different space. In life after death with a resurrected body. And Jesus had all the answers. It will be different and the rules we live by on earth are different with our resurrected bodies. Just as I have adjusted to the different spaces I am now in the thought of rejoicing with the angels in life after death where there is no marriage is a joy to imagine.
Holy God who made us to think about the eternal grant us peace on this earth to do good works in your name. Amen.