Tuesday, April 3, 2012

He Must Increase-Day 94

On Tuesday Jesus was one day closer to his death. He'd road into town a celebrity on Sunday, but on Monday the tide was beginning to turn. Throwing money changers out of the temple and cutting into the Sadducees kickbacks probably didn't help his rating in the polls. He spent last night in Bethany and is once again in Jerusalem.

But on this Tuesday morning the religious leaders were waiting for him. "By what authority are you doing all these things? Who gave you the right?" (Matt 21:23) Jesus doesn't answer that question directly but goes on to teach several parables (Matt 21 & 22) and even gives a mini-lecture on taxes. There are two things that are certain in life; death and taxes. Taxes for Jesus on Tuesday and a cross on Friday. But what is not as certain, in many people's minds, is the resurrection.

Surprisingly, the Sadducees ask Jesus a question about the resurrection on Tuesday, not suspecting that he'll be raised himself on Sunday. The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection, so their question was not sincere: "Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies without children, his brother should marry the widow and have a child who will carry on the brother’s name.’Well, suppose there were seven brothers. The oldest one married and then died without children, so his brother married the widow. But the second brother also died, and the third brother married her. This continued with all seven of them. Last of all, the woman also died. So tell us, whose wife will she be in the resurrection?"

Jesus said, "“Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God. For when the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage. In this respect they will be like the angels in heaven." (Matt 22:29-30)

When the dead rise. Not "if they rise". Not "maybe they'll rise". WHEN THEY RISE. Jesus knew what he was talking about, because he was the first of many who will be resurrected from the dead...more on that this Sunday!

Read the Bible in One Year Plan: 1 Samuel 25-27


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