“Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus and asked him a question,” says the Gospel of Luke.
“That puts things in perspective,” we sometimes say. And Jesus died and was raised so we might live in perspective. In perspective of who God really is and who we really are.
Take Jesus’ debate with the Sadducees. It’s all about perspective.
A life of faith is much more about being in right relationships, rather than having right answers. This is hard news for most of us. We’d rather be right than be in awe.
Awe is what happens when you touch the Absolute. After the Absolute, everything else is relative--including what we consider “foundational,” like marriage. Jesus is not the champion of “family values” some make him out to be.
Instead, Jesus is the champion of Life. God is Absolute, and--Jesus insists--God is Absolute Life, Absolutely Alive. So much so that God’s life gives life to the dead. To God, everyone is alive. And more, this life God gives is new life. It’s not just a rerun of the life we’re living now. It’s different. For example, it’s beyond marriage. Whoa! Think about that.
Did the Sadducees surrender to awe, or did they just prepare their next argument? What awe-some new life does God want to give you right now? What argument must you surrender?
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