Date: March 12, 2000

Series: Living in the Shadow of the Cross

Speaker: Ron R. Ritchie

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Living in the Shadow of the Cross
Do You Believe in the Resurrection of the Dead?
Luke 20:27-47

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o You Believe in the Resurrection of the Dead?

I. A Bewildering Problem - Luke 20:27-33

Some Sadducees came up. This is the Jewish party that denies any possibility of resurrection. They asked, "Teacher, Moses wrote us that if a man dies and leaves a wife but no child, his brother is obligated to take the widow to wife and get her with child. Well, there once were seven brothers. The first took a wife. He died childless. The second married her and died, then the third, and eventually all seven had their turn, but no child. After all that, the wife died. That wife, now-in the resurrection whose wife is she? All seven married her."

II. An Exciting Answer - Luke 20:34-40
Jesus said, "Marriage is a major preoccupation here, but not there. Those who are included in the resurrection of the dead will no longer be concerned with marriage nor, of course, with death. They will have better things to think about, if you can believe it. All ecstasies and intimacies then will be with God. Even Moses exclaimed about resurrection at the burning bush, saying, 'God: God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob!' God isnít the God of dead men, but of the living. To him all are alive."
Some of the religion scholars said, "Teacher, thatís a great answer!" For a while, anyway, no one dared put questions to him.

III. A Mind Blowing Revelation - Luke 20:41-47
Then he put a question to them: "How is it that they say that the Messiah is David's son? In the Book of Psalms, David clearly says,
'God said to my Master,
"Sit here at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet."'
David here designates the Messiah as 'my Master'-so how can the Messiah also be his 'son'?"
With everybody listening, Jesus spoke to his disciples. "Watch out for the religion scholars. They love to walk around in academic gowns, preen in the radiance of public flattery, bask in prominent positions, sit at the head table at every church function. And all the time they are exploiting the weak and helpless. The longer their prayers, the worse they get. But they'll pay for it in the end."

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