Running with Mark 81

 

Day 81 – March 18, 2020  

 

Read:

Mark 12:18-27  The Question about the Resurrection

It’s important to remember that the Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection.  The Pharisees did believe in the resurrection.

 

The Sadducees in this story are trying to trip Jesus up by asking an absurd question about who a woman will have been married to several different brothers.  After she became a widow, she was married to one brother and then the next and so on.  So the Sadducees want to know who she will be married to at the time of the resurrection.  They don’t really want to know.  They just want to prove to Jesus that believing in the resurrection is silly and problematic.

Jesus tells them the resurrection isn’t about being married or not.  It’s about the promise of God being fulfilled.

 

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. 

 

I like what New Testament scholar N.T. Wright says, “Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord’s Prayer is about.”[1]

 

You may enjoy this interview with author Anne Lamott. 

Anne Lamott on Easter, NPR Interview

 

 

Music:

Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise – Charles Wesley

Redeemer – Nicole C. Mullen

 

Prayer Focus:

In the midst of these scary times, what does the resurrection mean to you?

 

Grace and peace,
Pastor Karen Bruins

[1] ― N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church


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