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Marriage And The Resurrection

Marriage and the Resurrection

Matthew 22:23-28

In this passage Jesus once again encounters a group of people who are trying to trap him by asking Him a question.

But he is not only going to teach us some things about the resurrection, he is also going to teach us some things about people and why we have so many different ideas about what the Bible does or doesn’t teach.

In verse 23, notice who comes to trap Jesus: Some Sadducees…”

The Sadducees were a group of Jewish religious leaders who were conservative when it came to Jewish Law.

They also prided themselves in their knowledge of scripture.

In many of their beliefs though, they stood opposite of the Pharisees.

They were rationalist…they did not believe in anything of a supernatural nature.

They were materialists.

Not only were they rationalists…and materialists…they were also collaborationists.

In fact, in John 11: 48 a fear of losing their power and money is the main reason why these people became bitter enemies of Christ.

In the book of Acts you will read about Pharisees who became Christians.

So, now, they come to Jesus…and keep in mind now, when it comes to scriptural knowledge they think they are a cut above everyone else.

So now they come to Jesus.

So they come to Him and they say, “Jesus, we have a question for you.”

Now, here is the question Jesus.

 Now, this is no doubt a hypothetical question.

Now realize that Jesus is not going to get in trouble with the Romans…no one is going to crucify Him for not answering this question.

After asking their question, Jesus had a question of his own. Look at verse 29.

 But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures, or the power of God.

Jesus says to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures, or the power of God.

 Here Jesus is, standing before the most learned, the most enlightened, the most educated people in the country.

Everyone must have dropped their teeth.

But, their very question told Jesus that when it came to the scriptures and the power of God…they were pretty ignorant.

All these mighty and powerful things that God did from the creation to delivering them out of Egyptian captivity…the flood…the crossing of the Sea…and they did not think that God had the power to raise the dead.

So after telling these Sadducees that they don’t understand the scriptures or the power of God…Jesus teaches them. Notice what He says beginning in verse 30.

“For in the resurrection…”

 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.

Heaven is not going to be the same as it is here on earth.

When it comes to marriage there are two needs that it was designed to fulfill.

The other purpose for marriage…is companionship…to keep us from being alone.

We may still have a need for companionship in heaven…but I believe that need is going to be satisfied by a total fellowship with God.

Now Jesus deals with the question of the resurrection. Look at verse 31.

Notice he says, “Have you not read…”

They missed the obvious fact that several hundred years after the deaths of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob…that God speaks out of a burning bush in the desert to Moses and says: “I am…

 If you do not believe in life after death how can that make sense?

Look at the end of verse 32.

“He is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”

With these words Jesus told these Sadducees…that there is life after death…and there will be a resurrection.

These guys read that story 5000 times and never saw it.

Let me give you a couple of thoughts as we close.

One: There is more to knowing the Bible than just knowing the facts.

Second: Just like these Sadducees, some are blinded by their own arrogance and conceit.

Third: Some make the scriptures say what they want them to say so they can live the way they want to live.

Therefore, they could not afford a resurrection…a belief in a life after death…a judgment.

Some today do the same thing. They make the scriptures say what they want them to say so they can live the way they want to.

What about you? What about me? What about us?

In this passage Jesus tells these Sadducees that there is life after death and there will be a resurrection.

That leaves us with only one question. Are you ready for it?

Will you get right today? Your sin has made you an enemy of God. But by the blood of Christ your sins can be washed away and you can be reconciled back to a peaceful relationship with God. The blood is what does it…in the baptistry is when it happens.