Jesus speaks to us today through scripture. In today’s Gospel from Mark, Jesus addresses the Sadducees on the concept of the Resurrection. This is because the Sadducees did not believe in an afterlife. The question originates on the basis of Jewish law. You see, when one brother dies, the next in line is expected to take the widow as his wife. This is for two reasons.
1) so that the widow would be cared for, as she was not allowed to earn a living on her own, and
2) for the procreation of the Jewish population.
The Sadducees questioned Jesus, wanting to know whose wife would the woman be at this supposed Resurrection. Jesus, being God, and filled with all Wisdom, responded with a question of His own:
Are you not misled because you do not know the scriptures or the power of God? (Mark 12:24).
Using this question, Jesus segues into a revelation of what life will be like at the resurrection of our own bodies, where we will be like angels. The concept of marriage will no longer exist. But, Jesus does not stop there, because He has a bigger point to make. Through further questioning of the Sadducees, Jesus asks if they have read the passage from Exodus 3:6 where it states, “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” By referencing this passage, with the words “I am,” in the present tense, Jesus states that God is the God of the living, not the dead; thus, affirming the existence of an afterlife.
How well do you know scripture?
Now let’s move forward to the 21st century. If Jesus stood in front of you today, and asked you if you were misled because you do not know the scriptures or the power of God, how would you respond? Do you read the Bible regularly? I hope so, as it is the best way to learn how God thinks; to know what is important to Him. If we want to have a relationship with God, then it is important to know all that we can about Him. So, if it’s been awhile since you cracked open the Good Book, then give it a whirl. I suggest starting with the Gospels, then reading Acts, then perhaps Genesis. Get to know God better and come to understand the scriptures and the power of God.
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