They are equal to angels ...
There came to him some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. … Afterward the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had her as wife.” And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
This convoluted question so reminds me of my own disjointed thought processes. How often have you applied natural thinking to religious imagery and come up with answers that have been so off base? These Sadducees seem to build a house of cards trying disprove the resurrection from the dead by implying that married people would still be joined in wedlock after they died. Jesus pokes a huge hole in their argument saying that things will be different in heaven.
Jesus' reply to the Sadducees paints such a glorious picture of heaven and the residents of it. My mind and my heart can hardly grasp what it means to be a member of the "sons of the resurrection". What will it be like to not be able to die? Just think of the freedom encased in those words. I cannot even grasp what it means to be equal to the angels. Knowing that one day I will shed my mortal body for one that is eternal and indestructible gives me such hope!
Words escape me Lord Jesus. How can such things be? I praise you that I am eternal and will be with you forever.