God of the Living

John Maassen

READ : Matthew 22:23-33

These words of Jehovah were a constant source of comfort for the Jews: “I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Now Jesus declares, God “is not God of the dead, but of the living,” i.e., those who have not only died but are alive in God’s presence.

Earthbound as we are, how difficult it is for us to imagine eternity! The Sadducees were the “rationalists” of Jesus’ day. They could not accept anything as supernatural as the resurrection. Hoping to trap Jesus, they asked about the marital status in heaven of women who had been re-married on earth. Who’s wife would she be? Jesus pointed out that, since relationships in heaven are far superior to those on earth, there is no marriage there. He said they “are like the angels in heaven.”

Even in eternity God is not limited. As He prevailed in the days of Moses and the prophets, so would He continue to prevail in this new day now being ushered in by His Son.

God never planned that we should die! We brought death into the world as a result of Adam’s sin. But, as Paul reminds the Corinthians, “The last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Cor. 15:26). And he assures us all by declaring, “The free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).

PRAYER

Dear Lord, our lives for time and for eternity are in Your hands. We trust You. We love You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.