Who Died And Made You Boss – Part 3
“They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might
hand him over to the power and authority of the governor.” vs. 20
Umm…Let Me Think About That
2. You’re the pilot of an airplane that travels from New York to Chicago – a distance of 800 miles. The airplane travels at 200 m.p.h. and makes one stop for 30 minutes. What is the pilot’s name?
a. There is information missing. b. You can’t tell from the question.
c. Both a & b. d. You can tell from the question.
3. Is it legal for a man to marry his widow’s sister?
a. Yes. b. No. c. Legality has nothing to do with it. d. It’s legal, but unethical.
4. Jimmy’s mom has three kids. The oldest is named quarter. The second child is named dime. What is the third child’s name? Answer: Jimmy
While there are correct answers to these questions, they are all framed in such a way to trick people up. Jesus dealt with a group of people who thought they could trip him up with just the right question; they are called Saduccee’s. If you are able, please stand as we read Luke 20:27-40
Read Passage – Luke 20:27-40
Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.
27 Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question. 28 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. 30 The second 31 and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. 32 Finally, the woman died too. 33 Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?” 34 Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, 36 and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. 37 But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 38 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.” 39 Some of the teachers of the law responded, “Well said, teacher!” 40 And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
Their were two main religious authorities in the Jewish culture at this time; the Pharisee’s and the Sadducees. Together they mad e up a religious head called the San Hedron. In our story today it’s the Sadducees who are asking Jesus a question. Let’s be really clear about5 what their intent is; they are bent on somehow tripping Jesus up and ruining his authority and credibility which will in turn establish their authority and credibility. Notice verse 27 again:
“Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question.” vs. 27
The Sadducee’s only believed in the Pentateuch which is Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. This is also called the Torah. They were generally and culturally rude and harsh with people; especially those who didn’t believe as they did. They felt themselves to be above common people because they were a chosen people who were to run the temple; they were chosen by God from the tribe of Levi. They differed from the Pharisee’s in that they didn’t believe in life after death n or did they believe in the oral law or in most of the prophets that we consider to be sent from God.. To them, this is all there is, no life after death. The Sadducees begin by quoting their beloved Torah. “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother.” (Deut. 25)
So they begin to question Jesus about the afterlife, something they don’t believe in. Again, their purpose is to get him to answer incorrectly or in a way that will contradict what Jewish law states. They wanted to discredit him and ruin his influence with the people and even more so, they wanted him killed, they just didn’t want to be the ones who did it.
Authority Questioned (More In-Depth)
Last week we saw how a group of men came up with a sly and sneaky plan to trap Jesus. They thought their plan about questioning Jesus on taxes was the perfect ploy. It wasn’t. They failed. So the Sadducees step in with another, in their mind, brilliant plan. We can’t trap him on earthly things so let’s trap him on heavenly things. The questioning was more in depth. It included something that is somewhat a mystery and unknown to us, heaven, and they based it on Moses own words. This would surely trip him up. So remember they don’t believe in the resurrection so listen again to their question in verse 33:
“Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?” vs. 33
They really are not only trying to discredit him but point out the flaw in his religion. In earthly terms this cannot be resolved. You can’t come up with an earthly scenario that will work in this story.
Jesus Confirms His Authority
The great part of this story comes in Jesus response. His answer confirms his authority and is from the same place their question is; it’s from the Torah. He comes right back at them with something they consider authoritative, The Torah, and he does it in such a way that they really have no way to respond. His response addresses their question in tree areas.
- Things Are Different In Heaven
His first point is that Things Are Different In Heaven than they are here on earth. Though the Sadducees don’t believe in heaven, most of the Jewish people did. Now listen to Jesus answer:
“But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age…for they are like the angels.” vss. 35-36
Jesus answers their earthly answer with a heavenly response and it’s pretty simple but very profound; Things in heaven are different. Things in heaven are not like they are here on earth. And here is something behind that answer that they cannot argue with; who would know what heaven is like, better, than someone who has been there. We long to know what heaven is like. Jesus knows. He’s been there. He can answer with authority.
Ex. Claudia and I had a chance to go on a hike this week in a place in the Santa Cruz mountains called Loch Lomand. We used the “moon series” book to tell us about the hike. It tells us directions on how to get there, what trail to start at, how long it will take, etc. We have found this book series to be very accurate and right on in their descriptions and directions. Why? They have hiked all the trails. They have been there and they could tell us what it’s like and what to look for.
Jesus has authority when it comes to heaven because he was there. He knows. He left his place next to God the Father to live and be one of us and provide a way of salvation. He lets the Sadducees know they can’t take earthly principles and apply them to heaven. It’s different. It’s better. Isaiah (One of the prophets the Sadducees ignored) said this hundreds of years before. In Isaiah 65:17 God says:
“See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.” Isaiah 65:17
Jesus described what he saw and knew of heaven and there was no comeback for it.
2. We Are The Bride Of Christ
But don’t stop there. There is more. In fact, it’s something that we struggle with and sometimes have difficulty understanding. It comes in verse 35:
“But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage…” vs. 35
This is something that most of us struggle with because our marriages are so important to us. Marriage is the most intimate relationship on earth besides our relationship with God. I love my wife and can’t imagine what life without her would be like. I love the intimacy, the joys that we share, the family we have made. Most of you probably feel the same about your spouse. It is foreign to think about your life any other way. When we think about our life, especially if we are married, we love the closeness, the sex, the joy, and it doesn’t make sense that it’s not the same way in heaven. But let me remind you about how we are viewed by God from Rev. 21:9:
“Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” Rev. 21:9
When Christ returns, he returns for his bride. That’s the church. We are the bride of Christ. Eternity is going to be our chance to have and enjoy a relationship that is so much deeper, so much more intimate, so much stronger than anything we can know or experience now. Some parts of our relationships will continue but we won’t have the need for things like sex because it won’t be important. That is hard for us to imagine. We know we will have bodies but we are not sure if they are us at 25, 40, 50, etc. But somehow we will be us, the best us and the real us that God created us to be. I don’t exactly get all of how we will be but it will be so much better than what we have now. No more pain, sorrow, tears, sadness, etc. And the analogy of marriage is so cool here. As God has called us into a relationship with Him, Christ takes on the role of the bridegroom and we are the bride. Christ is and will be our authority just as we understand the role of husband and wife in the marriage relationship.
3. The Promise Of Eternal Life
And then Jesus puts on the final exclamation point in verse 38:
“He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.” vs. 38
Finally, Jesus puts the Sadducees’ question back to them, by quoting a passage from the Torah itself, the only Scripture they trusted. Jesus recalls to their attention the fact that when God confronted Moses in the burning bush, centuries after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – the forefathers of the faith had died – calling him to go to Egypt to free Israel from the bondage of slavery, God still claimed to be their God, in the present tense. “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” Exodus 3:6 As a result, Jesus concludes, “God is the God of the living, not of the dead, for to him, all of them are alive.” And when the Sadducees refer to their history they would refer back as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. So Jesus is making the point that their lack of belief in the resurrection is false and that God is alive and well and there is a promise, through Jesus himself, of eternal life. We also have that same promise, 1 John 5:11:
“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” 1 John 5:11
Jesus is the promise and security of eternal life. He has been given authority by God and here he asserts that authority with his insight to our future eternal life with God.
The Road To The Cross
This is Palm Sunday and this week we walk through the week remembering the work that Jesus did to provide salvation for us. This set of events we have looked at these last three weeks remind us that Jesus is our authority. Romans 12:2 say:
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2
It’s a reminder that our real issue is to transform the thinking of our mind.