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!