Does Resurrection matter?
Acts 23:8 “(The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees believe all these things.)”
For so many, resurrection has become something that only happens when we die. When we die we go to heaven. However, the belief at the time of Christ was far more:
- If you believed in resurrection you were seen as a radical and someone seeking a revolution. It is based on Daniel 12 and the first few verses reveal there will be a rising of those who have died and who will stand with angel Michael in a war.
- The implications for this in how you lived your life were that you believed that God will come to turn the tables on the enemy. There was no greater enemy than the Romans.
- So Resurrection held a war-type value.
The Sadducees with their aristocratic desires perhaps were certainly the more conservative of the two. They did not want disturbance. They saw the Pharisees as dangerous to them and to their world. More importantly they could not find evidence for resurrection in the Torah (the first 5 books of the Old Testament) which was their only recognised Scripture.
Do we live our lives more like Sadducees than the Pharisees?
Should we be a little more radical perhaps being inspired by the fact that there is coming a resurrection day?
Maybe we have become too comfortable in this world rather than creating a disturbance based on the fact that a new world is coming.
Could we be a little more edgy, take some more risks, do some things we have never done for the gospel, simply because this life is not all that there is?
Can we speak up for injustice, stand against the bully, root out the manipulators, go forward with the message of love and give the good news to those who are marginalised, forgotten and in need?
Is it possible to live our life like today is our last? The revolution is coming. Jesus is on the way and the dead in Christ will rise with Him.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26
For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 1 Thessalonians 4:14
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15