To come alive in Christ is to understand the truth of Jesus’ resurrection and its power to awaken us to right living. This story unifies all those who seek to discipline their lives in the ways of Jesus. The Sadducees in this text struggle with the concept of a resurrection and test Jesus about it. They may be interested in who will be married to whom when everyone is resurrected, but they really want to know how what Jesus says about life beyond death can be true. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection reveal the power of the truth Jesus preaches. Through Jesus, we witness living truth.
So often, our fears and doubts create anxiety that separates us from faithful living. To be set free into the truth of resurrection means that we have no reason to fear. As Jesus teaches, we are children of God and God’s children cannot die anymore. God’s power is greater than the power of death. God calls us to choose the ways that lead to life—to choose the ways of Jesus.
Coming alive in Christ means awakening to injustices all around us and not allowing them to evoke within us a sense of fear. The resurrection message gives us the power to face the challenges before us. God is with us in life, in death, and in life beyond death. We have nothing to fear beyond the grave, for we are children of God, who reigns over and above the power of death. Our trust in God’s power can ignite within us a holy sense of inspiration for the living of these present days.
Living God, awaken within us the awareness of the power of your love so that we can be caught up in the fullness of life with you. Amen.
Following the return from exile to Babylon, the people of God have much work to do to restore the city of Jerusalem. Haggai is one of the prophets sent by God to encourage them. God promises future material blessings for the people and a time of peace. The psalmist praises God and declares that future generations will pass on the stories of God’s wonderful works. In Second Thessalonians, Paul addresses a group that is disturbed because they think they have missed the return of Christ. He assures them that they have not missed the time and admonishes them to persevere in their faith. In Luke, Jesus is asked about marriage in the resurrection, but he focuses on God as the God of the living.
Read Haggai 1:15b–2:9. When have you had to rely on God’s promises for the future? How did your faith in God’s provision keep you focused on the long-term goal?
Read Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21. How do you share God’s majesty and justice with the next generations?
Read 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17. How do you live a disciplined life, trusting in the Lord whether or not the end is near?
Read Luke 20:27-38. How can you be open to the ways God will answer your questions in unexpected ways?
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