He is the God of the living!
He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living. You are therefore greatly mistaken.” Mark 12:27
Some people, believe in God, but they think His love and grace is only for after you leave this world. Others believe that God’s Salvation through Jesus is only to secure our future with Him after we die. However, that is just not the case! God is the God of right now. He is the Father of those living in this world in the here and now. Those who have made a place for Him in their life. In fact, when God spoke to Moses in the Old Testament from the burning bush, He told Moses “I am” to let Moses know that He is the God of this present moment, not someday far and away.
In today’s reading, the Sadducees brought a scenario to Jesus about what would happen to a person that was married after they died. This group of religious leaders did not even believe there was a resurrection, but because they wanted to trap Jesus into giving an answer that would condemn Himself, so they posed the question to Him. Jesus told them they were wrong, in fact He told them they were greatly wrong. God is not the God of the dead, but for all of us living in the world right now. When you die, you will go to be with Him in heaven if you know Him personally, but you will be made whole and live with Him for all eternity. Again alive not dead.
Here are just a few scriptures confirming that He is the God that is with you in this present world. The God of the right now and the God you can trust your life to in these crazy days that we live in.
Psalm 91:15-16 – He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation.”
Exodus 33:14 – And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Psalms 16:8 – I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
Deuteronomy 31:8 – And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”
Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Today I want to encourage you to press into the God of your salvation. His presence is here right now and His Spirit lives on the inside of every born-again believer. He wants you to know His goodness and He wants you to know He is with you always. Trust Him today to empower you to overcome every obstacle that comes your way and follow in the direction that He is leading. He is the God of those living right now and we can share His goodness wherever we are.
Today’s scripture reading: Mark 12:18-27
18 Then some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him; and they asked Him, saying:
19 “Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man’s brother dies, and leaves his wife behind, and leaves no children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.
20 Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife; and dying, he left no offspring.
21 And the second took her, and he died; nor did he leave any offspring. And the third likewise.
22 So the seven had her and left no offspring. Last of all the woman died also.
23 Therefore, in the resurrection, when they rise, whose wife will she be? For all seven had her as wife.”
24 Jesus answered and said to them, “Are you not therefore mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God?
25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
26 But concerning the dead, that they rise, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the burning bush passage, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?
27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living. You are therefore greatly mistaken.”