The passage I mulled over recently seemed to be the inspiration for a classic movie title, but it is not really.
By passing that entirely, let me get to the point: the verse that stood out for me the most. Of course, all of the passage is beautiful, but one verse tended to illuminate something for me:
[The men and women who are worthy to rise from death] will be like angels and cannot die. They are the sons of God, because they have risen from death.
(Luke 20:36, Good News Bible)
Being worthy. That’s the point for me.
The passage doesn’t say what makes the men and women worthy. The passage is directed at the eternal destinies of seven brothers, all of whom died, but who had married the same woman.
The religious sect, the Sadducees, wanted to know who of the brothers would be the woman’s husband in the afterlife. They asked Jesus.
He taught them that there is no marriage in the Kingdom of Heaven. Marriage as we know it is of this earth. In heaven, those who are worthy, will not need to marry, as they risen above this world. They have transcended it.
The New Testament teaches that the one who puts their faith in Jesus is worthy to rise from death.