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 have children 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 that age 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 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.
On verses 27-40: The Sadducees, a group of Jews that believed parts of the Old Testament but did not believe that resurrection was possible, come to Jesus with a question to show what they thought was the absurdity of believing in the possibility of resurrection. However, their question was based on a wrong assumption which Jesus challenges. The Sadducees assumed that life in heaven would be just like life on earth, with people marrying and being given in marriage, and that if two people are married on earth, they will be a married couple in heaven too. Jesus corrects the Sadducees’ wrong assumption (v35-36) and then, using the very Scriptures that the Sadducees believed, shows them that their Scriptures affirm the reality of resurrection.
What can we learn from this? When communicating with others and trying to make them see your point, do your best to speak their language. Use illustrations, examples and logic that they can understand and appreciate.
There is so much more we can learn from this passage. Join us at a Thrive service this Sunday (www.thrivechurch.ca) as I share from this powerful passage.
Heavenly Father, I pray that when I am discussing with others, You would give me wisdom to speak the other person’s language, to use ideas, illustrations and examples that the other person can appreciate. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!