SCRIPTURE: Matthew 22:23-33
The Question about the Resurrection
23 The same day some Sadducees came to him, saying there is no resurrection; and they asked him a question, saying, 24 “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies childless, his brother shall marry the widow, and raise up children for his brother.’ 25 Now there were seven brothers among us; the first married, and died childless, leaving the widow to his brother. 26 The second did the same, so also the third, down to the seventh. 27 Last of all, the woman herself died. 28 In the resurrection, then, whose wife of the seven will she be? For all of them had married her.”
29 Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 31 And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God, 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is God not of the dead, but of the living.” 33 And when the crowd heard it, they were astounded at his teaching.
As today is April 1st, and therefore April Fools Day, I must admit that reality sticks in my mind as I read this Scripture. When the Sadducees try to trap Jesus in a theological conundrum, you could also read his response as “Ha! April Fools! In the resurrection, people are neither married or given in marriage, but instead are like angels in heaven! And besides, you forgot that God is the God of the living, not the dead!”
But joking aside, that last part is an important takeaway for us during this time of social distancing and unknown. “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob! He is the God not of the dead, but of the living!” That means that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are all alive through God! That also means that we are alive through God, through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. We believe in a God of resurrection, and our resurrection from this time of pandemic will come!
The Sadducees tried to trip Jesus up with a theological question based on the teachings of Moses. What other teachings from the Old Testament are confusing or seem paradoxical to you? And when you consider that Jesus came to fulfill the Law, does that change anything for you? Consider these things and pray on them for clarity from God, that you might grow in your faith, your understanding, and your relationship with God.
God of all knowledge and power, there are things of this world that we try to understand, but still, seem beyond our reach. In our struggle for control, we try to explain everything that happens around us. This has led to some great scientific discoveries and health advances, but at times can also overwhelm us. Help us to have the clarity to learn more about our world and the challenges we face therein. In the name of your Son, our Savior, Amen.