What Jesus Did! 'Angels in Heaven!' — Mark 12:25

Saturday, September 3, 2016

"When people rise from death, there will be no marriage. People will not be married to each other. All people will be like angels in heaven."
— Mark 12:25
Illustration of Mark 12:25 — "When people rise from death, there will be no marriage. People will not be married to each other. All people will be like angels in heaven."

Key Thought

With so much fascination on angels the last couple of decades, this promise should simply astound us. Our being, our relationships, and our lives will be brought to a higher level of existence after the resurrection. Glory awaits those who belong to Christ. Joy is our future. Victory is our destiny. Transformation into perfection lies ahead. Our eyes will behold our Savior and we will be like the angels. Praise God for such a future. Hallelujah!

Today's Prayer

O Father, give my heart wings to soar on the faith of such wonderful words. Make them more than words to me. Help me believe and embrace my future with you with great and triumphant joy. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then some Sadducees came to Jesus. (Sadducees believe that no person will rise from death.) The Sadducees asked Jesus a question. They said, "Teacher, Moses wrote that if a married man dies and he had no children, then his brother must marry the woman. Then they will have children for the dead brother. There were seven brothers. The first brother married but died. He had no children. So the second brother married the woman. But he also died and had no children. The same thing happened with the third brother. All seven brothers married the woman and died. None of the brothers had any children with the woman. The woman was last to die. But all seven brothers had married her. So at the time when people rise from death, whose wife will the woman be?" Jesus answered, "Why did you make this mistake? Is it because you don't know what the Scriptures say? Or because you don't know about God's power? When people rise from death, there will be no marriage. People will not be married to each other. All people will be like angels in heaven. Surely you have read what God said about people rising from death. In the book where Moses wrote about the {burning} bush, it says that God told Moses this: 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. ' {If God said he is their God, then} these men are not really dead. He is the God only of living people. You Sadducees are wrong!"

Mark 12:18-27

Related Scripture Readings

The Spirit that we received is not a spirit that makes us slaves again and causes us to fear. The Spirit that we have makes us God's chosen children. And with that Spirit we say, "Abba, Father." And the Spirit himself joins with our spirits to say we are God's children. If we are God's children, then we will get the blessings God has for his people. We will get these things from God. God will give us all that he has given Christ. But we must suffer like Christ suffered. Then we will be able to share his glory. We have sufferings now. But the sufferings we have now are nothing compared to the great glory that will be given to us. Everything that God made is waiting with excitement for the time when God will show the world who his children are. The whole world wants very much for that to happen.

Romans 8:15-19

And we are also happy with the troubles we have. Why are we happy with troubles? Because we know that these troubles make us more patient. And this patience is proof that we are strong. And this proof gives us hope. And this hope will never disappoint us—{it will never fail}. Why? Because God has poured out his love to fill our hearts. God gave us his love through the Holy Spirit. That Holy Spirit was a gift to us from God.

Romans 5:3-5

When the body is "planted," it is without honor. But it is raised in glory. When the body is "planted," it is weak. But when it is raised, it has power. The body that is "planted" is a physical body. When it is raised, it is a spiritual body. There is a physical body. So there is also a spiritual body.

1 Corinthians 15:43-44

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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