Luke 20: 27-38

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 have children 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 that age 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 bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, ¬†for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Issac, and the God of Jacob.’ He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”

A Thought

The Sadducees question Jesus concerning the resurrection, which they did not believe the resurrection to be true for they were followers of Moses. So when questioned, Jesus points to Moses’ teaching that the dead do rise because he called the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Issac, and the God of Jacob’ who were all no longer living on earth at that time. If we are to be God’s children, it is because of the resurrection.

Our Prayer

Father thank you that our hope is in you and in the truth of the resurrection. Thank you that through the life, death and resurrection of Christ Jesus, we can be encouraged to know that we will live with you eternally. Awaken, us to the complete truth of your word. Come, Holy Spirit, come. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.