May 5, 2019 – Matthew 22:23-33 – Pastor Jake Susek

Pastor Jake spoke on Jesus’ conversation with the Sadducees in Matthew 22, and how we have a “God of the Living”.

Main Points & Outline

  1. Humanity’s Haunting Shadow: Death
    1. A natural aversion to death
    2. Sad views of death
    3. Fanciful views of death
    4. The views of the Sadducees
    5. The “trick” of the Sadducees
  2. Jesus’ Assessment: The Compassion of Truth
  3. Two Universal/Fundamental Reasons for Error
    1. They don’t know Scripture
    2. They don’t believe the power of God
  4. Application
    1. Our “temporary” hope: absent from the body & present with the Lord
    2. Our “future” hope: a bodily resurrection at the 2nd Advent
    3. The “basis” of our hope: the resurrection of Christ
    4. Our “final” hope: involves all of creation – a new heavens and new earth

Scripture: Matthew 22:23-33

The same day Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection, and they asked him a question, 24 saying, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies having no children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother.’ 25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first married and died, and having no offspring left his wife to his brother. 26 So too the second and third, down to the seventh. 27 After them all, the woman died. 28 In the resurrection, therefore, of the seven, whose wife will she be? For they all had her.”

29 But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.31 And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living.”33 And when the crowd heard it, they were astonished at his teaching. (ESV)