What Jesus Did! 'God of the Living' — Mark 12:26-27

Sunday, September 4, 2016

"Surely you have read what God said about people rising from death. In the book where Moses wrote about the {burning} bush, it says that God told Moses this: 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' {If God said he is their God, then} these men are not really dead. He is the God only of living people. You Sadducees are wrong!"
— Mark 12:26-27 NLT
Illustration of Mark 12:26-27 NLT —  He is the God only of living people.

Key Thought

Jesus uses skill, wit, and cunning to argue with the religious leaders using their own form of logic. "God is the God of the living," Jesus asserts. So if God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (a truth that these people professed every day). Jesus is saying then there has to be a resurrection. At a deeper level, we know that God is God of both the living and the dead. We believe that he will judge all people and their eternal destinies hang in that evaluation. We also believe that he will judge with grace, mercy, and justice. However, God does not see time as we do. Years are insignificant in their passing to him. A thousand years can be no more than one little day to God. Yet because God is, we will continue to exist just as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob did. God is the God of the living. Death does not have control on us any longer.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for ensuring that life is eternal and is found in you. In Jesus' name I pray to you O eternal Father. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Revelation 1:8; 22:13
  • 1 John 3:1-2
  • 2 Peter 3:8-9

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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