Life After Life Now

Hey everybody…after a few weeks away from it, we’re going to get back into our exploration of the gospel of Luke this Sunday.  We’ll be reading ch 20:27-40 .

It’s an odd little encounter that Jesus has with a group of Sadducees. They were sort of like Bizarro Pharisees…they were the opposite of them in most areas of life and faith.  A quick overview of the various sects during Jesus’ time can be read HERE.

Because the Sadducees don’t believe in an afterlife at all, they pose a riddle that is supposed to show the absurdity of the concept.

They learn the first lesson they needed to learn…never argue religion with Jesus (you’ll get yer’ butt handed to you).  Jesus dismantles their proposition very simply…how does he do it…how does he indicate to them that they aren’t starting from the right premise?

Is there anything about what he says about relationships in the afterlife that either bothers you or gets you stoked? (Your answer will determine if you need marriage counseling…just so you know.) Do you think that Jesus was setting out to describe in detail how life will be after this life, or is there a deeper point you think he’s making?

The hope of an afterlife is actually a very meaningful influence on this present life, isn’t it?  I would say that the hope of an afterlife will radicalize our present life.  What are some of the positive ways an eternal hope can have on present life…and what could be some negative ways?  How can we, as followers of Christ who have a hope of resurrection and redemption maintain the positive influence of that hope, and not succumb to the negative tendencies?

I’ll be interested to hear your input.  See yaz Sunday!

3 comments

  1. It’s funny, nothing much has changed in 2000 years. In this story you have a bunch of guys seemingly concerned about marraige and how it will play out into their eternal life. Today, we have the Greek debt crisis, the occupy “wherever” protests and looming trouble in the middle east and what leads most news shows, ” Breaking News……Kim Kardashian is getting a divorce”. Like Jesus said, “you guys really seemed to be concerned about marraige.” While I’m sad for KK, Jesus seems to be saying that in the world to come our perspective will be different. My wife always says this verse makes her sad, “but I want to be married in heaven too…” but on re-reading this I don’t think Jesus was saying that we would cease our relationships in heaven, just (as The Message says) “you’ll have better stuff to be think about.” No more “does she like me” or “does he think this dress makes my _____ look big”. Relationships without all of the earthly relationship goofyness, now that actually does sound like heaven.

  2. Jesus dismantles their proposition by explaining that they are comparing apples to oranges(this life, to the one to come) and He goes on to say not only is there no marriage in the age to come but no death either. We will be concerned about more important stuff…how cool is that?? I think in many cases our marriages here are the very relationships He uses to mold us and shape us into those “worthy of the resurrection” once we “get it” here it’s not so important there?? Just a thought! I’m sure the point is not to explain life in the here after but to give us the hope of that time coming. And further to give us hope and purpose for the present. On the positive side eternal hope can change how we react to our circumstances. When we know a good ending is coming we are able to endure and persevere anticipating a good future. On the negative side, we might under some of the pressures of life go to the other extreme and wish we could just exit this life early, get it over with. In those times we can take comfort knowing we are in good company, Jonah, Elijah and many others I am sure wished for death in the old and new testaments. Paul expressed his knowledge that for him to die was gain and desired to go but pushed on knowing to remain in the flesh was better for all of us!! We have these amazing examples of all the saints who went before us enduring persecutions, hardships and martyrdom so that we won’t loose hope and become weary in our own journey’s. Paul referred to his life as a race, a battle and a test of the truth of the Gospel and he achieved victory by keeping his focus on Jesus. We are encouraged to look to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Look comes from “away from” and “to see” signifying undivided attention, looking away from all distractions to fix one’s gaze on one object , truly Jesus…as we fix our eyes on Him and remember the saints and our brothers and sisters who are running with us we are able to endure all things, “not just with passive complacency but with a hopeful fortitude that actively resists weariness and defeat”.

  3. It just occurred to me that the Pharisees and Saducees have been stating thier answers in the form of a question all through Luke.- playing “Jepoardy” – with your host, Jesus Christ, as it were. …and none of them win anything…..

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