There Is A Resurrection

As we read the story of Luke 20:27-40, we probably have many questions about Jesus’ words.  The Sadducees were a sect of Jewish priests (Luke calls them the “chief priests”) and according to one commentary, they controlled the Jewish temple.  Apparently they did not believe in a resurrection of the dead.  This is the crux of the matter in today’s passage.  Do people live forever and ever?  Once we die, what happens?  The Sadducees did not believe in a resurrection and they wanted to get Jesus’ opinion on the matter.
In those days, if a man died childless, his wife would be passed along to the next oldest brother so that she could bear children by him.  The Sadducees concoct a story where this happens over and over again.  If there is a resurrection from the dead, they say, then whose wife will she be in eternity?  Jesus says that it doesn’t matter for in Heaven, things are different than they are here on earth.  In Heaven there is no need for procreation because people will never die.  The marriage relationship will be so much different.  It will be perfected.  The jealousy will be gone because sin will be done away with.  Imagine never fighting over money with your spouse again!  There will be no more hiding and lying.  There will be no more cheating and deception.
That is not the point of this story, though.  The point of the story is that there is indeed a resurrection of the dead.  Jesus proves it by pointing to Exodus where the Living God says that He is the God of the patriarchs of Israel.  Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had all long since died by the time Moses comes on the scene.  Yet, God was still their God.  In other words, they were alive and living forever!  I think that Jesus’ wise words can comfort us and help us to see that eternity does not begin at His second coming.  It appears that Paul’s words of being absent from the body and present with the Lord are true.  When we die, we go to a place of comfort and peace.  We who follow Jesus go to be with Jesus.  That is a day I am looking forward to!
PRAYER: Thank You, Father, for the promise of resurrection.  Help me to hold onto that promise today.  Help me to keep my eyes on the prize of Heaven where I will one day be with You.  In Jesus’ name, amen.
Luke 20:27-40 (NIV)

27 Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question. 28 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. 30 The second 31 and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. 32 Finally, the woman died too. 33 Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?”

34 Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, 36 and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. 37 But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 38 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”

39 Some of the teachers of the law responded, “Well said, teacher!” 40 And no one dared to ask him any more questions.



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