Sunday Sermon Quotes: "Setting the Sadducees Straight"

“His enemies are relentless and they attack him in waves. Wave upon wave, delegation upon delegation approaching him to attack him publicly, discredit him so he might lose the popular support of the people, while they privately plot and plan how to kill him.” Sinclair Ferguson

“The point is that belief in the resurrection is absurd since it leads to ridiculously complex situations in the afterlife.” James Edwards

“The Sadducees betray their ignorance of the Scriptures, which do teach the resurrection, and the power of God, who is capable of raising the dead to an existence quite unlike the present one.” D.A. Carson

“This is true only if they are alive beyond the grave. The alternative is to think of God as the God of non-existent beings, which is absurd.” Leon Morris

“Jesus draws attention to the way in which God speaks of himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But how does this prove he is the God of the living not the dead? Simply because God’s covenant promise to save his people would not be of any significance if it were overcome by death. It would be a tawdry salvation which lasted only for this life.” Sinclair Ferguson

“The writer of Hebrews tells us that the patriarchs knew that the covenant promises transcended earthly life and were eternal. Hebrews 11:10 says Abraham ‘was looking forward to the city with foundations whose architect and builder is God.’ All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised, they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. Instead they were longing for a better country, a heavenly one. The eternal God does not covenant with creatures that live only three score and ten years, and then go out like a candle.” Kent Hughes