Jesus looks at them with pity. “It is only in this life on earth that people marry. The Law that you are speaking of only applies to people here and now. When God raises all people from the dead, a new age will begin and these laws will no longer apply to those in the Kingdom of Heaven. There will be no more marriage, and no more death. In that way, citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven will be a bit like the angels. They will be completely made new, as God’s children.” The Sadducees begin to murmur amongst themselves, but Jesus holds up a hand to silence them. “Your real question is whether or not people will actually be raised from the dead. Whether you choose to believe this or not, it is the truth and will come to pass. And Moses made reference to this, though not directly, in his writings. When he told the story about God in the burning bush, he called God ‘the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.’ But we know that God is the God of the living, not of the dead. And even the dead, if they die faithful to Him, are still alive in His eyes.” The Sadducees are taken aback. They didn’t expect Jesus to have a well-reasoned argument at His fingertips this time. Even some of the Pharisees who have been standing in the wings witnessing this exchange are impressed. One calls out, “Very well reasoned, Rabbi!” while the Sadducees slink away, embarrassed, to try to come up with a new plan.
Matthew 22:29-33, Mark 12:24-27, Luke 20:34-40