November 10th (22nd Sunday After Pentecost): “All Of Them Are Alive” (Veteran’s Day)

Main Text: Luke 20:27-38 (Job 19:23-27a; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5,13-17)

God
wins! That is the bottom line of faith and changes everything. To believe this
is true through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is to believe
that death should no longer be the focus of our lives and our vision. Job, who
lost everything he owned and loved including his wealth, health and family,
found the strength to endure through the solid assurance and promise that God
stands with him. As we celebrate Veterans Day, we remember those willing to
serve and sacrifice in the protection of our country. We are reminded in
Thessalonians that we are involved in a battle. This battle is for our hearts
and allegiance to the call of God in our lives. We are called to not be shaken
by the battle that rages, but instead, know that God does win. We are called to
hold onto this promise and continue to mold our lives to this truth. The Sadducees
did not believe in the resurrection and so they try to trip Jesus up in
convoluted argument limited by their vision. Jesus instead, points out that God
is not the God of the dead, but the living. This is because all are alive to
God. In him, there is no death even though we still face it. There is a battle
for our hearts and allegiance. There are forces that use death and loss to make
us afraid in order to keep us compliant and conformed to what is. We are,
however, invited to grow in our faith by stepping up to God and stepping out to
live God’s love!

WRITTEN BY: Abiding Presence

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