“Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother.
Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; then the second and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. Finally the woman also died.
In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.” (Luke 20:27 – 33)
I am not sure why this was a compelling question. These men did not believe in the resurrection, so it was not germane to their teachings or faith who the woman belonged to. I suspect, as was often the case, they were testing Jesus and trying to trip him up. And trying to find out how closely Jesus aligned his faith and teachings to that of Moses. Let us see how Jesus responded.
“Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.
Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection.” (Verses 34 – 36)
The resurrection, I guess to them (that is what Jesus and the Sadducees are referring to [although the Sadducees did not believe in it]) was sort of like heaven, where life continued on but in a different place. Jesus is explaining that life there is different, and that those who are resurrected and live in that “other place” are different, not concerning themselves with the type of life that is lived on earth. Jesus goes on to explain . . .
“And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.” (Verses 37 – 38)
The thing to make note of is that Moses – in referring to the Divine – talks about Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as if they still had existence; that is, had allegiance to the Divine. If Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were no more, why would they have/need a God? So the Sadducees were wrong, very wrong. There was/is a resurrection. And it happened/is happening up to and including today. But it is not a life to come that is founded on the life we have here and now.
There probably is, beloved reader, as much varying opinions on resurrection and heaven as there are opinion on the end times. I cannot and will not say for sure what the details and circumstances are. It is enough for me to know that Jesus Christ will be there, and that the Divine has it all set up.
Do you dream in color, beloved reader? Imagine if you will, an existence that has more brilliant colors than we know now. Where colors are not just seen but felt. That colors have a glow, warmth, and maybe even a flavor. That is what I imagine heaven is like; something beyond and so different that our frame of reference has no place. And that the terms we use for this world are not sufficient in any way for what heaven will be like. Just trust in that beloved reader, and I think you will do just fine!