he will not forsake us


devotional post # 2047

Luke 20:37-40

Luk 20:37 But that the dead are raised, even Moses revealed at the bush, when he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob.
Luk 20:38 Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, because all live to him!”
Luk 20:39 And some of the scribes in response said, “Teacher, you have spoken well.”
Luk 20:40 Because they no longer dared to ask him anything.

he will not forsake us

Jesus is not introducing a new theology here. The question at hand is that of the resurrection at his return. He answered that question by showing that those raised will not live under the same limits as they do in this life. Now, he explains how they will be raised. There is a person who lives on after we die. That person is God, and he has the power to raise us to life again.

This passage does not teach the immortality of the soul. It teaches the power of God to resurrect the dead. That is the point which the questioners doubted. That is the gospel issue. Immortality is conditioned on the power and love of a God who chooses not to forget those who lie in the dust. We all live to him because he will not forsake us to death.

LORD, thank you for the hope of the resurrection.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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