(23-33) Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection
Jesus’ answers to the subtle, trick questions that His enemies asked were direct. He was never left speechless at their inquiries. His words were simple, yet so profound, that they often left those who heard them astonished. Nothing like Jesus’ sayings had ever been said before. Nothing like His teachings had ever been taught before.
(34-40) The Great Commandment
The greatest commandment hasn’t changed since the days of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Christ still wants us to love God (with all our heart, soul, and mind) and He wants us to love others.
(41-46) Whose Son Is the Christ?
Jesus the Christ is the Son of David because He is a human descendant of David. Jesus the Christ is also the Lord and Savior of David because before David was, He was. The Pharisees readily admitted that Christ was the Son of David because they were eager to recognize the humanity of the One they hated so much. But they could not bring themselves to admit that Christ was also the Son of God because then they would have to recognize the divinity of Christ as well.
It is still hard for some to understand how Christ could be both God and man at the same time. The hypostatic union explains how through the incarnation of the Son of God, a human nature was inseparably united forever with the divine nature in the one person of Jesus Christ, yet with the two natures remaining distinct, whole, and unchanged, without mixture or confusion, so that the one person, Jesus Christ, is truly God and truly man.
Favorite verse: (37) And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.