You’re Alive

Luke 20:38 (ESV) from the Revised Common Lectionary – Nov. 10, 2019

[Jesus said to some Sadducees,] “Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.”

“You dead to me,” sings Dierks Bentley. “You broke my heart, that’s history, I’m still alive and you’re dead to me.” Bentley was singing about a girlfriend who broke his heart. Bentley had moved on with no hard feelings. I wonder if Jesus would find these words befitting. I believe we have, we do, and we will continue to break Jesus’ heart. I believe Jesus does move on, “And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.”[1] We do not always receive Christ’s message of sin & salvation. Jesus just may have been saying to those who reject him, “Shake off the dust … your dead to me.” We would deserve it, but thankfully we worship a loving God, giving us all second chances through forgiveness. Just as in today’s passage, all the husbands of the woman, and the woman had died, and seem to have entered the Kingdom of God, anyway, where God keeps them alive. I do believe we will be kept in the same way, alive to God.

“If you’re reading this … Congratulations, you’re alive. If that’s not something to smile about, then I don’t know what is.” Chad Sugg, from Monsters under Your Head

[1] Luke 9:5 (ESV)

About Pastor Steve

Pastor Steve Hodges is an ordained minister, pastoring a church in central Virginia.
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