27 The Sadducees do not believe that people rise from the dead. Some of them came to Jesus with a question. 28 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us about a man’s brother who dies. Suppose the brother leaves a wife but has no children. Then the man must marry the widow. He must provide children to carry on his dead brother’s name. 29 There were seven brothers. The first one married a woman. He died without leaving any children. 30 The second one married her. 31 And then the third one married her. One after another, the seven brothers married her. They all died. None left any children. 32 Finally, the woman died too. 33 Now then, when the dead rise, whose wife will she be? All seven brothers were married to her.” 34 Jesus replied, “People in this world get married. And their parents give them to be married. 35 But it will not be like that when the dead rise. Those who are considered worthy to take part in the world to come won’t get married. And their parents won’t give them to be married. 36 They can’t die anymore. They are like the angels. They are God’s children. They will be given a new form of life when the dead rise. 37 Remember the story of Moses and the burning bush. Even Moses showed that the dead rise. The Lord said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham. I am the God of Isaac. And I am the God of Jacob.’ (Exodus 3:6) 38 He is not the God of the dead. He is the God of the living. In his eyes, everyone is alive.” 39 Some of the teachers of the law replied, “You have spoken well, teacher!” 40 And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
Luke is recording a string of events where those opposed to Jesus are trying to catch him out. In this case it is the Sadducees, a Jewish sect that was generally well off financially and of high social status, and did not believe in the resurrection from the dead. So they ask Jesus a question to try to show how stupid the idea of resurrection is. “If a woman is married seven times, who will she be married to in the resurrection?”
Jesus answer… NONE!!!
The Kingdom is about one family, under one Father, God. And even more important, Jesus is unequivocal about the reality of the resurrection and the age to come.
Lord, what a joy, to be part of your community, your family – forever! Thank you that you will resurrect our bodies and bring us into unending blessing of the new age, the age that will be started by the marriage of Christ and his Church. In those unending days we will enjoy an ever deepening love with you and our brothers and sisters. Let us move towards this joy today Lord.
Written by Andrew Mellor