Reading: Luke 20: 27-38
It is odd that the Sadducees ask Jesus a question about relationships in heaven when they themselves do not believe in the resurrection. They thought long and hard about how to ask a question with a hypothetical problem whose circumstances are based solidly in the Law of Moses. The hypothetical location of this problem is heaven. No one, including us, really knows exactly what heaven will be like. The exception is, of course, Jesus. He has been there in heaven so he can answer their ridiculous question from a position of authority.
I can picture Jesus’ smile turning to a grin as He begins to answer their question. He begins by explaining that our earthly relationships will be secondary at best in heaven. The only relationship that will matter in heaven, Jesus says in essence, is that we are the children of God. In other words, the only relationship that will really matter in heaven will be our relationship with the Lord. It will be true in the eternal but it is also true here in the temporal. Relationships with spouses, family, friends, and so on makes life here much more pleasant and enjoyable. But many here have these relationships but no relationship with God. For these, their eternity will be much different than for those who claim a personal relationship with Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
Jesus explains to the Sadducees that to God we are all alive, whether living or dead. This is clearly true now. Jesus says it will also be true in heaven. The constants are God’s love for us and our status as children of God. Although we do not clearly know what we will be like in heaven, we do know that some representation of us will be with God if we have a personal relationship with Jesus while here on earth. At least the part of us that has a relationship with God will remain alive with God in heaven. To me, this is our spirit or soul. But this is a guess at best. What we do know is that God’s love never ends and that it remains the same here on earth as it will one day be in heaven. For God’s unfailing love and eternal claim bonus ad children of God, we say thanks be to God.