“Someday your life will be over, no matter how much attention you give to your health.
Will you look back with regret, because you nourished your body but starved your soul?” ~ Billy Graham
My old friend Wiki says about the resurrection:
“”Resurrection or anastasis is the concept of coming back to life after death.”
I don’t believe they realize the Scriptural definition, do you? Taking this in consideration, let’s look at the Book of Mark to find a better answer – from Christ.
Jesus is constantly being questioned by the religious leaders in order to trap Him but never once succeeded.
These questions by the Sadducees, who didn’t believe in the resurrection, are no different. So, what did Jesus say about the resurrection?
“When the Dead Rise” – What Did Jesus Say about the Resurrection?
Christmas is important to Christians. It tells about the birth of a baby who is “God in flesh.” The Book of John makes this point crystal clear. It says:
“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” ~ John 1:14 NASB
But, it all comes down to the resurrection. The resurrection is what gives us hope of life beyond this one. John 5:15 says;
“Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.”
The Sadducees Ask Christ about the Resurrection
Jesus is constantly being questioned by the leaders in order to trap him but never once succeeded.
And, these questions asked by the Sadducees, who didn’t believe in the resurrection, are no different. So, let’s hear what Christ has to say ..
Some Sadducees (who say that there is no resurrection) came to Jesus, and began questioning Him, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves behind a wife and leaves no child, his brother should marry the wife and raise up children to his brother.
There were seven brothers; and the first took a wife, and died leaving no children.
The second one married her, and died leaving behind no children; and the third likewise; and so all seven left no children.
Last of all the woman died also.
In the resurrection, when they rise again, which one’s wife will she be? For all seven had married her.”
Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are mistaken, that you do not understand the Scriptures or the power of God?
For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
But regarding the fact that the dead rise again, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the burning bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?
He is not the God of the dead, but of the living; you are greatly mistaken.” – Mark 12:18-27
What Christ Says about the resurrection
One point to talk about in this passage is that Jesus did not fall into the trap set by the Sadducees, who did not believe in life after death.
Jesus stated that life in heaven will not be the same as it is on earth. God remains in control and, we will walk with Jesus.
Seriously, I could go on and on with speculations about what I perceive as heaven. I’m sure you could too!
But, I would finish with the same answer ..
I don’t know what heaven will be like. I only know that it is better than the alternative.
The Mind of God
Pastor Rick Warren talks about understanding and thinking like God in a video I recently posted.
And, he gives a really detailed set of life changes to live more for Christ. You can watch Pastor Warren’s video here.
But, in reality we cannot think on the same level as God, therefore heaven is not even vaguely in our imaginations.
We just have to believe it will be magnificent!
Reality is, there is no way we can know for sure about what heaven is like until we get there.
God Knows The Answers About The Resurrection (..and everything else)
Although worry and uncertainty rules this world, there is one thing you can be sure of..
God knows the answers to life after death.
For this reason, our time would be better spent developing our relationship with Christ in the here and now.
How do we do that? My pastor, Randy Hatcher says to “be in the Word.” In other words, read the Bible and listen to what God has to say.
He has all the answers to questions we really need answered.
Remember, tomorrow is assured by the promise of the resurrection so why worry about today?
If we develop this personal relationship with Jesus, we won’t be as afraid of what is to come in heaven. d:-)
Are you ready?
Love in Christ
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