Gospel – November 23, 2019 – Luke 20:27-40
Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection,
came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying,
“Teacher, Moses wrote for us,
If someone’s brother dies leaving a wife but no child,
his brother must take the wife
and raise up descendants for his brother.
Now there were seven brothers;
the first married a woman but died childless.
Then the second and the third married her,
and likewise all the seven died childless.
Finally the woman also died.
Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be?
For all seven had been married to her.”
Jesus said to them,
“The children of this age marry and remarry;
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.”
Some of the scribes said in reply,
“Teacher, you have answered well.”
And they no longer dared to ask him anything.
The Sadducees didn’t believe in the Resurrection after death but they come to Jesus with this scenario of the woman marrying the seven brothers. They lay out this elaborate trap for Jesus. And Jesus does what he always does.
He turns it into a very simple response. Heaven isn’t the World. If we think what happens here has sway over heaven – think again. When we get to heaven we aren’t bound by mortal things.
So, he simply says in heaven you aren’t given to anyone in marriage – in fact there is no marriage at all. Just like we are perfected there – no imperfections of body there. Even if we don’t get along here in heaven we will love one another.
In other words, “You can’t take it with you.” Stop building up treasures for yourself here. It won’t go with you. But it can hold you back.
Love God or love the world. You can’t serve two masters.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…