What Jesus Did! 'First Thing First!' — Matthew 22:30

Friday, October 20, 2017

"At the time when people rise from death, there will be no marriage. People will not be married to each other. All people will be like the angels in heaven."
— Matthew 22:30 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 22:30 NLT — "At the time when people rise from death, there will be no marriage. People will not be married to each other. All people will be like the angels in heaven."

Key Thought

Jesus is emphatic that the Sadducees are wrong about the resurrection because they don't know Scripture and they don't know the power of God. They assumed that life in the New Age would be a continuation of life in the present world. Relationships in this new world, it would follow, would simply be an extension of the ones they had in this current life. Wrong! Jesus is emphatic that when the Kingdom of God came in all of its fullness, things would be radically different. Life and relationships would not just be elevated, they would be transcended. The implications of this are powerful. First, it means our relationship with God and loyalty to his Kingdom must take first place in our lives. Second, as important as human relationships in marriage and family are to God, they must never be given the ultimate priority. That is only reserved for God!

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous Father, everlasting and eternal God, thank you for my family. Thank you for my parents and all they have done for me. Thank you for my siblings and the many joyful experiences we have shared together. Thank you for my spouse and the partnership and love we share. Thank you for my children and how precious they are. But most of all, Father, thank you for your Kingdom which gives me the anticipation of sharing your love and your life with them forever. May nothing ever displace my loyalty to you or your Kingdom. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matt 10:37-39
  • Eph. 5:21-27; 6:1
  • Matt. 19:29-30

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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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