A few thoughts from Luke 20 on the resurrection

“And Jesus said to them, ‘The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage’”  Luke 20:34-35

Notice here that Jesus says that it’s not everyone who will attain this resurrection to new life but only those “who are considered worthy”. The resurrection to new life with God is not for everyone automatically. Some will see this new life designed by God for his people and some will not.

Some are worthy and some are not.

When it comes to me, I’d like to go to heaven when I die. I like the idea of my life continuing without the pain and confusion of this life. But honestly am I worthy? God’s standard is perfection and I know that I’ve messed up a lot in my life. I’m not perfect. I am not worthy of new life with God but then again neither is anyone else.

Death came into this world because of rebellion and honestly, we still rebel against our Creator God. It’s easy to see the trouble others are in, but during those quiet time when we honestly think about our own lives, we know that we can’t even live up to our own standards let alone God’s standard of perfection.

We have anger in our hearts towards those around us. Our tongues are used to tear others down instead of building other up in love. And there are many times when we just don’t care about the pain and suffering in this world like God calls us to.

But there is one who is worthy to be resurrected. Jesus lived a perfect life and died a horrible death on a cross. But that was not the end. For on the 3rd day, the women came to the tomb and found it empty. Jesus was resurrected – death was not the end.  Jesus rose from the dead 2,000 years ago in real history. And the bible says that his resurrection is the “first fruits” of new life.

Because of Jesus’ resurrection we can have hope for our resurrection if our faith is in him. The apostle Paul writes about the resurrection in 1 Corinthians. He wraps up this section with this statement: “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory though our Lord Jesus Christ.”

It is by being united to Jesus by faith that we can have the victory over death. Come to him today. Repent of your rebellion, humble yourself at the feet of Jesus and gain hope – hope for your own resurrection.

Death is coming to us all. But Jesus brings us hope. God is a God of life and He has made a way for us to live forever. May this bring you comfort personally and may this bring you encouragement to seek the healing of others now as you join God in bringing the message of life.

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Chris Hatch

Seeking to love God and neighbor