11 May He Is God Of The Living, Not The Dead
He Is God Of The Living, Not The Dead
Verses to read: <Luke 20:27-40>
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 raise up offspring 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 the age to come 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 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.’
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.
1. Resurrection is real
* Christ has indeed risen
- More than 500 first hand witnesses <1 Co 15:6>
2. Resurrection is significant
* God is victorious, even over death and sin.
* God is faithful to delivery His promises.
* Believers can enter into a glorious new life.
* All Imperfections will be fixed at resurrection.
3. Resurrection is only a blessing for those who are considered worthy <v35>
* Not worthy by their own merits.
* But considered worthy because of their repentance and faith in Christ Jesus.
* Three things about this group <v35-36>.
- Marriage is not necessary.
- They can no longer die.
- They are like the angels; they are God’s children
4. The marriage analogy.
* What is on earth may not be what it is in heaven.
* Marriage not necessary in heaven, as the need for love & fellowship will be met by God Himself and the family of believers.
* It is foolish to only pursue things of this life.
5. The truth of resurrection has implications for our present life.
* If there’s no resurrection, then “let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die”. <1 Co 15:32>.
* But if there’s an afterlife, then:
- “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,making the most of every opportunity.” <Ep 5:15-16>
- “Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” <1 Co 15:58>
- What we do today should be linked to the kingdom of God.
- Blend our “today” with the eternal, and connect the practical with the spiritual.
- Between faith and realism, which are we more inclined to? Though we believe in God, are we at times foolish realists like the Sadducees, only living for the present life and ignoring eternal implications? Share how can you blend your “today” with eternity?
- The power of Christ’s resurrection spills over to our lives too – assurance of God’s victory, trustworthiness and power of restoration, even in the face of problems and imperfections. Share how you have experienced such power of resurrection in your lives and how you can use more of such power.