Daily D – Luke 20:37-38
“Moses even indicated in the passage about the burning bush that the dead are raised, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. He is not the God of the dead but of the living, because all are living to him.”
LUKE 20:37-38 (CSB)
I was the Baptist preacher for a small, country church when I was in college. The church also had a Presbyterian preacher. Two Sundays a month, they were Baptist. The other two Sundays, they were Presbyterian. On fifth Sundays, they stayed home.
This church was known for having the neatest, tidiest, most well-cared-for cemetery in that part of Texas. I spent some time one day capturing photos of the church building and grounds.
An old gentleman happened to be working in the graveyard that day. It was summertime and yet he was covered from head to toe to protect against the sun. He wore a broad-brimmed hat, gloves, long-sleeve shirt, overalls, and boots. You cannot see one spot of skin in the photo. All you can see are the angles of the tilt of his head, his hands and arms working the hoe with precision in eradicating unwelcome weeds.
It really is a pretty cemetery.
In the story today’s text comes from, there is a debate about whether there is any such thing as the resurrection of the dead. One group of religious leaders said Yes. The other said No. A test case was presented to Jesus. He pointed out the flaw in their thinking. God is. He is the Eternally-Present One. We are. We are here for a while and then we return to the dust.
As Moses prayed in Psalm 90:12, “Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.” When we die, we do not disappear forever. We are alive with God or apart from him.
No doubt the debate raged on after Jesus spoke the truth. A few days later, come Sunday morning just after dawn, Pharisees and Sadducees would discover that what Jesus said was true. Resurrection happens. Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25).
Our Father in heaven is not carefully tending a cemetery. He is not the master crypt keeper. He is the giver of life. He offers each of us an eternal kind of life. We will be with him forever in all his loving goodness or apart from him stripped of anything considered good away from him. Join Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus by receiving God’s good gift today.
I will only visit cemeteries.
Our Father, you have made heaven our home. You have prepared a place for each of us. You will receive us to yourself and we will be with you forever. Thank you for making that way home possible through faith in Jesus. Amen.
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Isaiah 41:10 Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand. (CSB)
Isaiah 38:2, 3 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD. He said, “Please, LORD, remember how I have walked before you faithfully and wholeheartedly, and have done what pleases you.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. (CSB)
Isaiah 30:18 Therefore the LORD is waiting to show you mercy, and is rising up to show you compassion, for the LORD is a just God. All who wait patiently for him are happy. (CSB)