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The Final Gotchas

"You err because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God... At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage" (Matt.22:29-30). "Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?" ((Acts 26:8).

As we finish up this short series about the way Jesus dealt with those who tried to entrap Him, we come to His further explanation of why they were wrong. As a quick review, the Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection, had tried to make Jesus look foolish with an elaborate scenario about a women who had married seven brothers in succession. Their big "gotcha" question was about whose wife she would at the resurrection.... Yesterday we saw that Jesus told them you err because you do not know the Scriptures. Next he tells them (and us) about the power of God... In the above verse from the Book of Acts, the apostle Paul is being examined by Herod Agrippa. This part of his explanation as to why he is a Christian revolves around the power of God. When the omnipotent power of God is recognized, it is certainly easy to believe in His ability to perform any other supernatural work. After all, look at the miracles Jesus performed. They are so numerous that space doesn't allow me to list them all. God's power to give another life is no more incredible or wonderful than His power to give us this life... If man does not live again, then God toils to no gain and operates a plan that ends in a disappointing failure, so all reason is on the side of the resurrection. The gotcha guys third error was that they did not understand the resurrected life... People will neither marry nor be given in marriage; but they will be like angels in heaven...The Lord will give us new bodies. "But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body" (Phil.3:20-21). According to what we read, the resurrected state will far surpass our fondest dreams... The Christian's hope is that of the resurrection. There are so many reassuring passages in our Bibles about out final and eternal resting place. Perhaps it would encourage us all to look, read and meditate upon them soon. Try these; 1 Cor.15:35-55; 1 Thess.4:13-18; 1 Cor.15:12-18.... This life is good... The next life is better....

Have a great day.... Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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