In today’s Gospel from Mark 12:18-27, some Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection, questioned Jesus. They asked about a woman, married to seven brothers, in successive order. As was the Jewish custom, as each brother died, the next brother, in line of succession, took her as his wife. The Sadducees wanted to know whose wife she would be in this so-called afterlife. Jesus, in his typical manner of responding to a question, posed a different question. “Are you not misled because you do not know the scriptures or the power of God…As for the dead being raised, have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God told him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?’” (Mark 12:24, 26).
Are You Not Misled?
If Jesus were to ask you today, “are you not misled because you do not read scripture or understand the power of God,” how would you respond? Would Jesus be justified in accusing you of being misled? I think we could all lump ourselves in with the Sadducees, if we do not read scripture and understand the power of God. Why? Because, we would be ignorant and unknowing, at a minimum. However, by reading Scripture, we come to know God intimately. We come to understand His omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence. He is the God of the living. So, do not be misled. Read Scripture and come to know God intimately. Come to understand the power that he is capable of unleashing in your life. Believe in the Resurrection – Christ’s, and your own resurrection. that will occur at the end of time, as we know it. Trust in Jesus.
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