Reading: Matthew 22:23-33
“Jesus replied, ’You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God’” v.29.
There is one religious group whom I admire for many good reasons—their commitment and perseverance in their missions, how they stood up to their faith and suffered persecution under fascist governments during the Second World War, and how they always include in their teachings the resurrection of the dead—I think this is important, because it gives anyone hope. But there is something that makes me unsettled about these pictures of family picnics and group harvesting in paradise that appears frequently in their literature. While it’s true that we will be reunited with our loved ones saved by grace during that period—is this really what we want to appeal to people to make them explore what we believe in? Is that our end goal for the life beyond? Isn’t there something much greater than this, like being with the Lord and Creator himself?
My friend, I invite you to read for yourself and know the Word of God—pray and ask the Lord for understanding—He gives it to those who seek it.
“At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.” – Matthew 22:30
“I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshipped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.” – Revelation 20:4-6 (NIVUK)
I also long to be reunited with family members who have gone ahead. But as we continue to study God’s Word and know Him more and more, we will begin to understand that in Him alone we live, move and have our being (Acts 17:28)–and that alone is enough reason that He should be our utmost desire.
Blessed be the Name of the Lord!