Matthew 22:23 The same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him and asked Him,
No matter how contentious these religious leaders became, Jesus still wanted them to get it. To that end, He was open to them coming to Him, even with their tricks, traps and arguments. Why do we need to recognize this?
Because it can be so easy for us to look around and decide who can be saved and who cannot. That’s not for us to decide. We can be discerning. We can diagnose the problem … sin. Then we can proclaim the cure … Jesus. Everyone needs Jesus. Everyone needs hope.
The Sadducees were religious leaders who said there was no resurrection. Among other things that differentiated them from the Pharisees, they believed that the soul was destroyed with the body. They had no hope. A life with no hope … that was the religion of the Sadducees and it’s the religion of many people today. The good news is that Jesus promises life. So we can face the day ahead … with all of it’s questions and uncertainties … and perils.
One day my family was at grandmama’s house for dinner and the food was served. When four year old son received his plate, he started eating. “Nathan,” I said, “Wait until we have said our prayer.” Nathan said, “I don’t need to.” “Yes we do,” I said, “We always pray to God before we eat.” Nathan said, “That’s at our house. This is Grandmama’s house and she knows how to cook!”
Whether food or famine … Whatever the peril or the challenge, the trial or the test, we are ever-renewed by this incredible resurrection power of Jesus.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Crocodile Dundee used to say … “No worries, mate” … it’s a good paraphrase of Philippians 4:13. We can live worry free because the foundation of our faith is sure.