About the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.” (Matthew 22:31-32)
The Sadducees did not believe in bodily resurrection, like many people today. Even some who claim Christian faith dismiss Jesus’ resurrection, and the hope of our own, as a nonsense. Paul was pretty clear in his letter to the Corinthians – if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless, and so is our faith. Jesus reminds the Sadducees, and us, the long-gone patriarchs love in present communion with God. And so will we.
The name of our church is ‘Newlife’. It reflects the central Christian hope of resurrection life. Here’s the thing; I don’t need to die physically to enjoy the power of resurrection. As soon as I yield my life to Jesus as saviour and lord, his resurrection power brings me to life spiritually (I am ‘born again’) and resides in me from that point on, empowering me to live in victory. God speaks over me, ‘I am the God of Stu…’ Today I walk in resurrection power!
Jesus, thank you that I have been baptised into your death and resurrection and that I share in the fruit of both – my sins are forgiven and my life re-born.