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Homily - Wednesday of Lent V

April 01, 2020
By Memorial Lutheran School
Homily for Wednesday of Lent V
Matthew 22:23-33
Memorial Lutheran Church and School
Pastor Paul

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, is not the God of dead men. He is not the God of the dead brothers and the dead woman. He is the God of the living. Those who die, as all men and women and children do, and die believing in Him, are alive in Him.

The resurrection of the body is a quintessential article of faith for Christians. In just two weeks, either from home or in small assemblies at churches, the Christian Church will celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord: Easter. This is the hinge, the sine qua non, (without which there is none), for Christians. We do not believe in a dead God, but a living God. We believe in the crucified and risen Jesus and that by believing in Him we have life in him, both now and forever more. This is also the reason why Sunday is the chief day of worship for Christians: every Sunday is a little Easter, all year long.

Here in Matthew, Jesus is confronted by a group of 1st century Jews who did not believe in the Resurrection. They are called the Sadducees. They were considered within the pale of the 1st century pre-Christian "Church," but their views were wholly unorthodox. Their views did not match what the Bible (Old Testament) taught. The Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, teach the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting (Hosea, Daniel, the Gospels, 1 Corinthians, etc.). Oddly enough, although many of you may not have had experience with Christians of this sort, there are “Christians” today, like the Sadducees of old, who reject the truth of Christ’s resurrection and therefore the need for a physical resurrection for humanity too.

Today is no different from our Lord’s day. Human reason cannot grasp the significance 1) of the resurrection of the body and 2) that God is the living God. He is the God who created all that exists and preserves it. He is the God who took on human flesh in the person of the Son and lived, as we understand living. He is the God who died and rose and ascended bodily into heaven. It is an astonishing teaching. Many make little of the body. Many adults treat it with disdain in life and in death.

As we get closer and closer to the feast of Easter, bear in mind the glorious truth of the resurrection. As we are consistently confronted in the news and in life with illness, disease, dying and the fear of death; look to your God who is the God of the living and not of the dead. Hold fast to this blessed hope of life in God in Christ Jesus and do not let go, even when all seems pointless and lost.

God bless you and keep you as you learn at home.

In the name of Jesus. Amen.