Day 251 – The Real Deal is to Come
On: July 9, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. Luke 20:34-36
Jesus’s reply to the Sadducees triggers enough questions to create a mental traffic jam! What will come of our earthly relationships with those we love? Will I see my deceased spouse in Heaven? Will we recognise each other? Will children who died young have grown up? What will they look like? Will we all look the same forever? Will I get bored living forever?!
The Sadducees’ challenge – an absurd construction of wives, husbands and children – uses people and relationships as a tool for academic debate. Jesus takes the broken pieces they are trying to manipulate, and reworks them to give a sneak preview of eternity.
Now, I don’t know any more than the next person about how relationships will work in Heaven, and the questions above are just the tip of an iceberg of uncertainty. But, Jesus makes several things clear: in Heaven, we will be resurrected children of God; Royalty (1 Peter 2:9) who will live forever, on a par with angels. This is a serious upgrade on the trials and pain of this world.
The apostle John shares further insight into eternity: God will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Revelation 21:4
Back to marriage; for all the cheap jokes – eg. marriage is a life sentence, but you can get out on parole for bad behaviour! – if you are happily married, you’re so fortunate. Is it a bit like being clever, strong, healthy, good looking … great, if you’ve got them, but a source of angst, regret, pain if you haven’t?
Jesus lifts the lid on a new Creation, similar, but different, and thrillingly better. This world, relationships included, is a working model. The real deal is to come.
There is a higher throne, Than all this world has known. Where faithful ones from every tongue, Will one day come …And there we’ll find our home, Our life before the throne. We’ll honour him in perfect song, Where we belong (Words: Kristyn Lennox & Keith Getty).