Our text will be taken from Matthew 22:32…God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
Our text is about the resurrection of the dead. The Sadducees, a religious group, had come to Jesus with a hypothetical question about the resurrection. (By the way, they didn’t even believe in the resurrection.) In any event Jesus answered their question and then closed with our text, “God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”
Some people live for the dead. How sad.
I know a lady whose daughter was killed several years ago near my house in a traffic accident and to this day she still keeps a memorial by the road where she was killed. Pictures, crosses, and other artifacts are placed there and kept up. You can tell what she is thinking about and that she is struggling with moving on. Maybe she feels it was her fault or her responsibility. Maybe they were close. Whatever the issues were, she is spending a lot of time living for her dead daughter. Like her, some never can find a way to move on. Yes, it’s difficult to say good-bye to some loved one and they will be missed. But the Lord never intended for us to just quit because someone else quits.
The Bible speaks of 2 places where people go when they die.
Wherever their eternal home is, whether in Heaven or Hell they would not want you to quit living for them.
Live for the Lord if you want to make your loved ones happy. Don’t let their death be for nothing.
God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.