Luke 20:27-40


Oh, but the Sadducees would get Him. They thought their next question would stop Jesus in His tracks, because it had to do with the resurrection. The Sadducees did not believe in a resurrection. They couldn’t wrap their feeble, finite minds around eternal life, therefore they believed it must not be true. A question on something that was so blatantly false in their minds and yet taught by Rabbi Jesus would put Him in His place and them in theirs.

They began with Moses and a story.

“Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question. ‘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. Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. The second and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. Finally, the woman died too. Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?’ Jesus replied, ‘The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. 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, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. 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.” He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.’ Some of the teachers of the law responded, ‘Well said, teacher!’ And no one dared to ask him any more questions.” Luke 20:27-40

Moses said that if a woman became a widow with no children, then her husband’s brother would need to marry her to raise up children with her. And so it went for one poor woman, until she had married and buried seven husbands.

Then came their obvious question. In the murky mess, in the after-life whose wife would she be?

Jesus saw their insincerity and disbelief, but He answered them anyway. He explained that marriage is for the here and now.

As beautiful as marriage is, it’s to be a glimpse of an even more beautiful relationship between Christ and His followers. And that will be fully realized in eternity.

The Sadducees refused to understand. They were missing out.

Thankfully, a few began to realize that every time Jesus answered, He answered well.

You see He did not just have an answer.

He is the Answer.

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