Judges 1-3; Luke 20

Luke 20:34-38 Jesus said to them, “The children of this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.  They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise.  That the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called ‘Lord’ the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.

With the controversy around the definition of marriage today, these words of Jesus merit serious reflection.  Jesus makes it plain that familial bonds are transcended in Heaven.  That to God all are alive is a statement of great hope.  My finite low-wattage noggin has a difficult time conceiving of what eternal life will be like with my beloved spouse beyond what it is like here on earth, that we would know each other and have our memories yet no longer be married.  I assume at the Wedding Feast of the Lamb I can slouch and wear navy pants with a black shirt (tunic?) and not be reproached, while she will be spared my sarcasm.  Will we be holding hands?  Or will she be down at the other end of the table, hanging on the words of Omar Sharif?  There’s a charming scene in the movie Black Robe where the Jesuit missionary and some native men are sitting around the campfire talking about the afterlife.  These Iroquois describe it as eternal hunting and fishing in freedom from the enemies and lots of sex (of course), and Father Laforgue contradicts them, saying there will be none of that in Heaven, that we will be like the angels.  The two Iroquois look at each other and laugh and in their own tongue comment on what a hopeless goober the priest is.  It’s practically inconceivable of life where everyone is in a jolly mood – including me – all the time, with no fatigue, no pain, no negative thoughts and emotions.  We just have to trust Saint Paul, who was privileged with a glimpse, that “eye has not seen, ear has not heard what God has in store for those who love Him.”  Sounds good to me!

GOD’S ANSWER:  Heaven is eternal communion; Hell is eternal isolation.  The selfish will get what they preferred on earth, throughout eternity.

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One Comment on “Judges 1-3; Luke 20”

  1. Stan Sikorski Says:

    Hopefully I will have a close seat next to you.

    How is Chris?

    Stan


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