The Main Thing

Read Luke 20:27-40

It can be very easy shift our attention from the main thing. Some Sadducees (a group of Jews who, although they worked with the temple priests, did not believe in life after death) came up to challenge Jesus regarding resurrection. They did so, however, in the context of a complicated question about multiple marriages, intended to trap and confuse Jesus into saying something incriminating. But Jesus is not fooled and without ignoring the question, he keeps his focus squarely on the truth saying, “Marriage is a major preoccupation here, but not there. Those who are included in the resurrection of the dead will no longer be concerned with marriage…”. Jesus could have easily spent time working through with them all of the complexities of eternal relationships and how they will be manifest in a resurrected life, building a case full of evidence and stories and pie graphs and testimonies. Instead, Jesus simply points them to the truth of something they already believe. He implores them to remember Moses, one of the central characters in their own story as Jews. He says, “Even Moses exclaimed about resurrection at the burning bush, saying, ‘God: God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob!’ God isn’t the God of dead men, but of the living. To him all are alive. ”

Jesus doesn’t threaten or argue or mock. He simply allows them the opportunity to sort it out by drawing their attention away form the periphery and pointing them back to the crux of their questioning and doubt.

What in my life distracts me from the heart of the matter? Where do I exert my energy that is far from what is central to growing in faith and understanding?

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