Jesus clarifies for us that God is a God not of the dead, but of the living. God is all about life. He gives us the great gift of life on this earth, and we must zealously defend and respect life. He gives us the hope of life eternal in the kingdom, and we must zealously pursue it. The project of our lives here on earth is to get to eternal life in heaven, and we have to focus on getting there. Because that is what our God – the God of the living – wants for us.