Heaven 101: Week 2 - Day 5

Opening Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, give me Your wisdom to make personal application from this scripture today.

 

Read: Luke 20:35-40 NIV

 “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.’ He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.  Some of the teachers of the law responded, “Well said, teacher!” And no one dared to ask him any more questions.”

 

Reflect: 

It is always amazing to me to read a very familiar Scripture and realize I have missed a key point in it.  That is very true with the focus Scripture today.  I knew the Sadducees didn’t believe in the resurrection of the body at death, but I missed the key point of how Jesus disproved their ideas about it.  I had focused on the question of the Sadducees rather than His answer to it.  I was ready to do the same thing again as I prepared for this devotion until I read these two verses more closely. 

 This made me go to my Restoration Study Bible for more answers.  Here’s what I learned:Sadducees- They were conservative and aristocratic, and they counted the high priests among their ranks. They rejected the oral tradition of the Pharisees and found no basis for a doctrine of resurrection in the books of Moses, the portion of the OT that they valued most highly.” (STUDY NOTE FOR LUKE 20: 27ff)

Jesus knew them well and spoke to them where they were most vulnerable.  In the focus Scripture today, I have highlighted the section I had missed all these years.  He didn’t dwell on their screen story of the seven brothers who died and didn’t produce any heirs.  No, he went directly to the Pentateuch and Moses which they accepted as the Word of God.  Jesus did not say the Lord was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  He uses the present tense in referring to their God. 

What an exceptional Savior we have.  He knows what is important and did not get distracted by all the chaff His adversaries threw into the discussion.  He kept the main thing the main thing.  The resurrection is a key concept in His ministry.  It is also critical to us in our Christian walk.  Paul, in 1 Corinthians 15 makes it very clear.  “For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.” (1 Corinthians 15:16-19)

The last two verses of the focus Scripture demonstrate how well Christ made His point.

This sermon series on Heaven would be a futile exercise if the point made by Jesus was not true.  I am so thankful we have a Savior who not only proved that the resurrection is real to the Sadducees; He also proved it by His own resurrection.

 

Apply:  

This coming weekend think about the importance of the resurrection in your life.  Belief in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection is key to our hope in this life and eternity in Heaven when we die.

 

Closing Prayer: 

Our Lord Jesus, we praise You for Your promise of eternal resurrection that we have as believers in You.

 

Terry Schneider