A group of religious people who don’t believe in life after death came to Jesus with a question that they thought would stump him. They were dead wrong:
“Teacher,” they said, “Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for him. Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother. The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh. Finally, the woman died. Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?”
Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. 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, 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. You are badly mistaken!”
When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.
(Matthew 22:23-33; Mark 12:18-27; Luke 20:27-40)
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
1. Who exactly is Jesus?
He’s the Master Teacher. The religious authorities keep trying to trap and trick him, but it will never ever ever work. It’s hard to stump God.
2. What exactly does he want us to do?
Believe in resurrection. This life ain’t all there is. We’re God’s children. Forever.
Thank God that he’s the God of the living!
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