Luke

Luke 20:27-39 The Sadducees And The Resurrection.

The Sadducees employed a line of reasoning which refused to address the issue directly, and instead they sought to show, in their minds, what would be a contradiction in God’s word if Jesus were to say that the scriptures teach the resurrection (vv. 27-33 Cf. Mt. 22:23-33; Mk. 12:18-27; Acts 23:6-8; I Cor. 15:42, 49, 52; I Jn. 3:2). So Jesus, first of all, enlightens the Sadducees on the nature of life beyond the grave-that people neither marry or are given in marriage (vv. 34-36). Secondly, contrary to the tradition of the Sadducees, Jesus showed from the law of Moses that the resurrection is a reality. This is so, because God continued to be the God of the patriarchs even after their passing (v. 37 Ex. 3:1-6, 15: Acts 7:30-32). “For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him” (v. 38 Rom. 6:10-11; 14:8-9). This ended the discussion (vv. 39-40). However, something else should be noted here. Jesus said the thief on the cross would that day be with Him in paradise, and yet this was without his body. However, there is a sense in which, without the resurrection, redemption is not complete. Paul calls it the completion of our adoption (Rom. 8:23).

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