Then some Sadducees came to Jesus. (Sadducees believe that no person will rise from death.) The Sadducees asked Jesus a question.
— Mark 12:18 NLT
Clearly, this period of Jesus' ministry is filled with the carefully crafted questions of his enemies. Pharisees, supporters of Herod (vs. 13), and Sadducees were not good friends normally. They all had their political, religious, and social agendas. However, Jesus' popularity with the common people, his willingness to speak the truth of God boldly without relying on the support of other religious leaders, and his acceptance of the titles of Son of God, Son of David, and King of the Jews as he entered Jerusalem scared them to death. They were going to do their best to trap him with their questions. The Sadducees would have very deep differences with Jesus because they did not believe in angels or the resurrection. They were wedded to the world as they found it and survived with their faith by accommodating it to the political winds of the time. As we read the following verses, Jesus will not use polite or politically correct speech. Like the apostle Paul does in 1 Corinthians 15, Jesus directly rebukes the wrong-headed lie that denies the resurrection. Of course, Jesus' greatest exclamation mark on the truth of the resurrection will be his own empty tomb and his appearances to his disciples after his death.
Father in heaven, you are the eternal God. From everlasting to everlasting you have been, will be, and are God. I confess that I cannot completely fathom the truth of this. However, dear Father, I do trust it with all my heart. Father, I believe in your Son and I have shared with him in his death, burial, and resurrection through baptism. By the power of your Holy Spirit, I live to honor you each day. I believe that the Holy Spirit will bring me safely into your presence for eternity. Thank you for such great hope. May I never compromise my faith in this glorious truth. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Colossians 3:1-4
- 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
- 1 Corinthians 15:
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
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