April 14, 2021 Daily Devotion

The reading for today is from Mark 12:18-27:

18 Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, saying, 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no child, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. 20 There were seven brothers; the first married and, when he died, left no children; 21 and the second married the widow and died, leaving no children; and the third likewise; 22 none of the seven left children. Last of all the woman herself died. 23 In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had married her.”

24 Jesus said to them, “Is not this the reason you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God? 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 26 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the story about the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is God not of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong.”

Questions about Heaven and the nature of Heaven are the most common question that seems to plague young people in Confirmation classes. Will my non-Christian friend be in Heaven? What about babies? What will we do all day? Will dogs be there? Cats? (My general response to cats is 'no' but I think that just reflects my stance on the whole dogs versus cats question.) And on and on.

We worry about Heaven. It is the unknown and if we believe what we have been told, it is forever. And that scares people. We want to know. The Sadducees were trying to trip up Jesus and get Him to say something that they could hold against Him. But Jesus instead, I think redirects this to a different place: the question just does not matter. They (and we in all our questions about Heaven) miss the point. WE GET TO BE WITH GOD! The rest is inconsequential. Sure, we will still remember and be with the ones we loved on earth... but it will surely compare with the glory of God's presence and being united as ONE with the entirety of Church and Creation. I think that alone makes all other questions pale in comparison.

God, help us to be good stewards to your creation so that we better understand and love it as You do. Amen

Chad Ryberg

Youth Director cryberg@livinglord.org

Prayer Concern: That we may draw together in peace as Your people

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