But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living.” And when the crowd heard it, they were astonished at his teaching.
Jesus is responding to a nonsensical question about a woman who had multiple husbands in this life - the Sadducees, who do not believe in the resurrection, could not get their head around who would be her husband in heaven. Their theological predisposition blinded them to what the scriptures said about the resurrection. In like manner I have also been blinded to biblical truth because I esteemed my theology more than God's word.
In a few sentences Jesus speaks to the Sadducees, and us, about the nature of the afterlife. He indicates that the patriarchs are alive. These who followed God transcended death when their bodies gave out. There is such hope in the resurrection! I am not afraid of death because God said "I am". My life will transcend death and I will see God. It is the glorious message of Easter. Even if some do not believe it.
Help me Lord to get past my theology and embrace your word and your power.