November 26, 2017

In the Resurrection

Luke 20:27-40 (NASB)

Now there came to Him some of the Sadducees (who say that there is no resurrection), and they questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife, and he is childless, his brother should marry the wife and raise up children to his brother. Now there were seven brothers; and the first took a wife and died childless; and the second and the third married her; and in the same way all seven died, leaving no children. Finally the woman died also. In the resurrection therefore, which one’s wife will she be? For all seven had married her.” Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; for they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the burning bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now He is not the God of the dead but of the living; for all live to Him.” Some of the scribes answered and said, “Teacher, You have spoken well.” For they did not have courage to question Him any longer about anything.

Jesus is in the last hours of His life. He will die at Calvary on Thursday of Passion Week. The Sadducees, the spiritual elites of the Jewish Temple, try to trap Jesus to dampen His influence among the Jews. “In the Resurrection” is the biblical terminology for heaven. The Resurrection separates what Jesus and the Apostles call “this age” and “the age to come.” There are a few things the Bible teaches about this age:

  • People are given in marriage - Luke 20:34
  • The wisdom of this world is the wisdom of this age - 1 Corinthians 1:20
  • The rulers of this age are coming to nothing - 1 Corinthians 2:6
  • Satan is the god of this age - 2 Corinthians 4:4
  • Jesus rescued us from the present evil age - Galatians 1:4
  • Jesus told us that when we give up “house, family, farms” for His sake, we’ll receive “a hundred times as much now in the present age… and in the age to come immortal life” (Mark 10:29-30)

There are two truths Jesus declares in this text about “age to come” that is “heaven”:

  • Those considered worthy will receive eternal life – Luke 20:35
  • Those with immortal life do not marry - Luke 20:35

  1. Those worthy of immortal life have proper credentials (v. 34-35).
    When you travel to a foreign country you will cross a border. There are three things required:
    1. You must have a birth certificate (or passport) to prove your citizenship.
    2. You must have an invitation (visa) from the country receiving you.
    3. You must have a clean record, that is no criminal record, or a pardon by the receiving government.

    Immortal life in “the age to come” requires the new birth - God changes me now (2 Cor. 5:17). There is the new man, created of God in righteousness and true holiness (regeneration).

    Immortal life in “the age to come” requires an invitation - “But grace has been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (II Timothy 1:10). Jesus prayed, “Now this is eternal life: that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent” (John 17:3).

    Living in the “age to come” requires a clean record - “Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them” (Romans 4:8). When I stand before God and He searches the books for iniquity and sin under my name, He will find none (Jer. 50:20). “There shall be found none.”

  2. Those who receive immortal life will not be married in “the age to come” (v. 34-35).
    The union of man and woman in marriage is a mystery because it conceals, as in a parable, a truth about Christ and the church. The metaphor of marriage is that God ordained a permanent union between His Son and the church. There is no procreation in heaven because there is no death.

  3. The Resurrection is the culmination of Christ’s crowning as King forever (v. 36-38).
    “For they cannot even die anymore…being sons of the resurrection. But that the dead are raised even Moses showed, where he calls the Lord “The God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now He is not the God of the dead, but of the living” (v. 36-38). Resurrection is real. We are raised to physical, corporal, immortal life, inheriting the earth, and living life without end.

You can view the video for this sermon HERE.