That same day Jesus was approached by some Sadducees – religious leaders who say there is no resurrection from the dead. They posed this question: “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies without children, his brother should marry the widow and have a child who will carry on the brother’s name. ’Well, suppose there were seven brothers. The oldest one married and then died without children, so his brother married the widow. But the second brother also died, and the third brother married her. This continued with all seven of them. Last of all, the woman also died. So tell us, whose wife will she be in the resurrection? For all seven were married to her.”
Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God. For when the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage. In this respect they will be like the angels in heaven. “But now, as to whether there will be a resurrection of the dead—haven’t you ever read about this in the Scriptures? Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, God said,‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ So he is the God of the living, not the dead.” When the crowds heard him, they were astounded at his teaching. – Matthew 22:23-33 (NLT)
The Sadducees were a religious sect of Judaism who only looked to the first five books of the Bible to get their theology. They did not see in those passages the idea or concept of the resurrection of the dead and because of this they did not believe in life after death. So, as the Pharisees attacked Jesus politically, the Sadducees try to discredit him theologically. Jesus, however, shows simply by their own scriptures (Exodus 3:6) that the text allows for the resurrection but also speaks of it as a reality. When God speaks to Moses through the burning bush, God uses the present tense of the verb when discussing Jewish patriarchs who have been dead for centuries. This implies God was still in a relationship with them after they left earth. Let Jesus’ words here saturate your mind. Jesus teaches the resurrection is a reality.
What does the resurrection mean for you? How should it impact you? Why does this matter to you?