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Life after death!
Is there life after death? Some people don't think so, and some don't want to think so! They prefer to believe, "Let us eat, and drink, for tomorrow we die." 1*.
People come up with many different arguments for not believing what God has said about the final judgment and life after death. 2*.
At the time when Jesus was on earth a religious group called the Sadducees thought they could prove Jesus' teaching about the resurrection to be wrong. They said, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and have children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. The second and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. Finally, the woman died too. Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?" 3*.
I'm sure people laughed at the thought of a resurrection where this woman would have seven husbands! People still like to make fun of the teachings of God's Word about the judgment and Heaven and Hell. They want you just to laugh it off instead of taking God seriously! 4*.
Jesus replied, "The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God's children, since they are children of the resurrection." 5*.
The Sadducees had no answer! You see, Jesus IS the truth. 6*. Jesus told them, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God." 7*. Using the Scriptures Jesus showed them that Moses believed in the resurrection of the dead. Moses had called the Lord "`the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'. He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to Him all are alive." Some of the teachers of the law responded, "Well said, teacher!" 8*.
Are you impressed by the teachings of Jesus Christ the Son of God? Jesus did not teach that the resurrection to eternal Life was for everyone. Remember what He said - "those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead." 5*. Did Jesus ever say who would be worthy? Of course He did! Jesus promised to give Eternal Life to all who would trust in Him - He is the Saviour God sent for the world. 9*.
Those who refuse to believe in the Eternal Life that Jesus alone can give will be refused by God and will be lost forever in a state of eternal punishment. 10*.
I hope you will put your faith in the words and power of Jesus Christ to forgive and save you.
Read about the Sadducees failing in their challenge against Jesus' teachings in Luke chapter 20, verses 27-40.
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Bible quotations from N.I.V.
1 Isaiah 22:13.
2 Revelation 20:11-15.
3 Luke 20:28-33.
4 2nd Peter 3:3-15.
5 Luke 20:34-36. John 1:12.
6 John 14:6.
7 Matthew 22:29.
8 Luke 20:37-39.
9 1st John 4:14. John 3:16.
10 John 3:16-19. Acts 13:38-46.