Saint Mark Daily Advent Devotional – December 8, 2014

by Daniel Byars

Scripture: Matthew 22:23-33

In Matthew 22:23-33, the Sadducees approach Jesus with a question on marriage in the resurrection. Jesus uses this opportunity to inform them that “At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven” (v. 30).

Jesus declares that there will be no place for the commencement of marriages in the new order, which is not the same as saying that present marital relationships will be abolished. What are the implications of Jesus’ words in verse 30 for persons presently married? And what about people who have been married more than once, such as the woman in the Sadducees’ story?

I believe we’ll love those we have made prior commitments to with a greater love than ever before.  Covenants we’ve made on earth will also be bound in heaven.   The covenants made on earth will be strengthened by agape love, free of jealousy, pride and selfishness.   The woman, who in this life has been married to seven husbands, will be free to love all seven of them without exhibiting the slightest favoritism, exploitation or manipulation.   The question “Whose wife will she be?” will have become irrelevant.

“Supreme Court effectively legalizes same-sex marriage in 11 more states” are the headlines I read as I prepare to finalize my devotional for the Advent devotion guide.   Just as Jesus addressed the Sadducees in his day, the same wisdom holds true to those who question same-sex marriages today. In the resurrection, this too will become irrelevant.  We shall love with the greatest love of all.

Prayer: God, help us love full as we wait patiently for your kingdom. Amen

Saint Mark United Methodist Church

 

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