Aug 05, 2018 | Lee Becknell
Children Of The Resurrection
Nobody likes to look foolish!
* A tourist was standing in line to buy an ice cream cone at a Thrifty Drug store in Beverly Hills. To her utter shock and amazement, who should walk in and stand right behind her but Paul Newman!
* What is this with Paul Newman? Lynn thinks he’s wonderful. I would think he would pale next to me!!!
* Well the lady, even though she was rattled, determined to maintain her composure. She purchased her ice cream cone and turned confidently and exited the store.
* However, to her horror, she realized that she had left the counter without her ice cream cone! She waited a few minutes till she felt all was clear, and then went back into the store to claim her cone.
* As she approached the counter, the cone was not in the little circular receptacle, and for a moment she stood there pondering what might have happened to it.
* Then she felt a polite tap on her shoulder, and turning was confronted by–you guessed it–Paul Newman.
* The famous actor then told the lady that if she was looking for her ice cream cone, she had put it in her purse!!!!
Theme: “Heaven is real and so are the Angels, yet we still argue over these issues. Jesus tells us that there is a coming age where there is no death and life there will be somewhat different. Just like in this life you must plan and prepare for what is coming. Jesus says search the Scriptures and don’t limit the power of God.”
* I have been preaching a sermon series on the difficult lesson of Jesus Christ. This morning we sheds some light on kingdom to come that we would be wise to understand.
* In Luke chapter 20, Jesus is confronted with three questions. 1. Who’s authority? 2.Taxes? 3. Marriage?
* Trick questions. Trying to catch the one responding. Sounds like Modern News Reporters.
* Luke tells us they did not believe in the Resurrections that’s why they are ‘Sad you see’. That might help you remember their name.
* The name Sadducees means “righteous ones.” They claimed to be descendants of Zadok, who was the high priest under David. They were organized shortly after the Maccabean revolt (167–160 B.C.), but they disappeared in A.D. 70 when the Jerusalem temple was destroyed.
* This morning I would like to share with you the following lessons.
- The people of this age.
Luke 20:29-34, “Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless.30The second31and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children.32Finally, the woman died too.33 Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?” 34Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage.”
Deuteronomy 25:5-6 5“If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the dead man shall not be married outside the family to a stranger. Her husband's brother shall go in to her and take her as his wife and perform the duty of a husband's brother to her. 6 And the first son whom she bears shall succeed to the name of his dead brother, that his name may not be blotted out of Israel.
* The practice they were referring to was God’s plan to keep the land inheritance in the family.
* Luke tells us that the practice had fallen into disuse.
* I’m sure it was a great relief for the poor woman in this story to know she did not have to spend eternity with any of her husbands.
* This is the kind of questions the children of Sadducees would ask the children of Pharisees trying to stump them.
* Make a ridiculous assumption to disprove a hope or faith others hold about the future life to come.
* Mark and Matthew have the pithiest response. ‘Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?’
* Jesus says you do not know the Bible or the power of God.
* The Resurrection is a non-negotiable.
John 5:39-4039“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.”
* You are not doing yourself a favor if you are not prepared to die.
* A great art to die well!
* We prepare for events that are over in a moment yet we make no preparations for eternity.
* It is important when we come to die we have nothing to do but die.
* Regrets, disappointments, notes never written and things left undone.
* To prepare us for heaven God allows suffering, disappointment and loss these things bring a longing for Heaven. If you had heaven here on earth you would have no desire for heaven in eternity.
* Come on there is more. Ecclesiastes 3:11, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
* You will not die one moment before you should and you definitely want hang around longer than you should.
- The people of the resurrection age.
Luke 20:35-36, “But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to comeand 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.
* The Sadducees (and the Pharisees for that matter) had erred because they had assumed that life after the resurrection would be the same as it was currently including marriage.
* In short, Jesus tells them that they have no idea what they are talking about because they do not know the Bible or God. That is a shocking rebuke to these men.
* I do not want to limit the power of God in changing me and all of you into people who will have perfect relationships with everyone else including God Himself.
* We need to understand that while there will be many things that will similar to what they are now, there is much more that will be different because God is going to change us! Do not limit the power of God in changing us.
* Note He does not say we will be Angels, but like Angels. Jesus contradicts the Sadducees denial of the existence of Angels too.
* Marriage is irrelevant when you are immortal.
* Not that we are sexless but immortal like the angels.
* Hey, Heaven doesn’t sound so bad, no taxes, no marriage and no death.
* Jesus makes a distinction from this age and the age to come.
* Life in heaven is going to be similar but also different.
- All of God’s people are alive.
Luke 20:35-40, “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,36and 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.’38He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.” 39Some of the teachers of the law responded, “Well said, teacher!”40And no one dared to ask him any more questions.”
* Exodus 3:4, Jesus refers to the Bush. In the account of the bush even Moses knows that the dead are living with God. He is not a God of the dead. Each of the Patriarchs are long dead when God speaks to Moses.
* They are dead to those they have left behind but to God they are alive.
* If death ends everything, life in this word is futile. It mocks us. You must be able to understand this if you want to find purpose and understanding in this life.
* They had a view of God who is very small, not particularly wise or capable, certainly not capable of sorting out an issue like the one raised.
* We see this today with questions like “why do you eat shellfish or have a cotton blend shirt which OT law forbids, or “Could God make a rock so big he can’t lift it.”
* Do you want answers to your questions? Are you on a journey or are you justifying your destination? Journeys are ok, asking questions are ok, but you better want an answer! On some things God is clear.
* Those who believe have been enabled to give an answer of the hope that awaits us. Hope!
1 Peter 1:3, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
Daniel 12:2-3, “Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.3Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.”
During the French Revolution, men were determined to abolish Christianity. One clear night an atheist was loudly proclaiming his wicked doctrine to a poor countryman. “Everything,” he said, “will be abolished—churches, Bibles, clergymen; yes, even the word ‘God’ itself. We shall remove everything which speaks of religion!”.
The countryman gave a quiet chuckle. “Why do you laugh?” said the atheist. The peasant pointed to the stars and replied, “I was just wondering how you and your crew would manage to get those down!”
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