Date: Sunday, February 7, 2021
The book called Luke in the Bible, was written by a Gentile believer named Luke, who was a close associate of the Apostle Paul. He set out to carefully investigate the truth concerning Jesus Christ, using the eyewitness accounts of those who were with and knew Jesus and His ministry. His intent in writing this Gospel was so that his readers would know the truth regarding Jesus and what they have been taught concerning Him. It is our hope in studying this Gospel, that we too would better understand the truth concerning Jesus, so that we may better know Him and make Him known to others.
Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; for they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the burning bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now He is not the God of the dead but of the living; for all live to Him.” (Luke 20:34-38)
The above verses are part of the Scripture passage (Luke 20:27-40) we examine together during the message in our worship service this Sunday. To preview the message, I want to point out a couple of points in what Jesus said here in response to the Sadducees' question regarding the resurrection (which they did not believe in). The resurrection is all about life! Resurrection is the act of our bodies being reunited with our spirit after we die. Of course, we will be given new bodies that will be different from our present sin-infested and decaying bodies (see 1 Corinthians 15:35-49). The point given in the passage is that in our resurrected state, we will not be able to die anymore. You cannot be more alive than to be in the resurrected state! Another point given in the passage is that God is the God of the living! With God, there is no death, and He does not associate with the dead. Thus, God gives eternal life to us through His Son Jesus Christ, so that we can eternally have a relationship with Him! Without the resurrection, there is no eternal life, and thus the resurrection is real; it is real for Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and it is real for all who live to God. So let us live to God, and come together for lively worship! (Hopefully more lively than the Super Bowl.)