November 10, 2019   

For full passage: Luke 20:34-38 … “Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection.” vs. 36

Like the Pharisees, Jesus believed in the resurrection. He knew that there was life after death and that it was significantly different from life in this world. As to how it is different he doesn’t have a lot to say, just that there will be no such thing as marriage any longer. There are many folks who wish that he had said more–all of us would love to have more details. As it is, we tend to let our imaginations provide definition. Often we hear people say that their loved ones are “looking down” on them from “up there,” wherever that may be. Sometimes they’ll say that they’ve become angels and are singing in the heavenly choirs. Many people believe that their loved ones are maintaining contact and sending signs that they’re okay and that we shouldn’t worry. Others find comfort from believing they’ve joined other family members and are enjoying amazing reunions. Of course, none of our conceptions come close to the truth. There’s no way that they can. Life after death is a new existence, one that is unaffected by space and time, and we have no possible way of knowing what that will be like. Probably one of the best images we have is “entering the Light,” a description that again leaves us with more questions than answers. One day we’ll find out for sure. Until then, the wondering is fine–as long as it gives us comfort!

Thought for the Day: What do I believe about life after death?