6 Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, “My brothers, I am a Pharisee, descended from Pharisees. I stand on trial because of the hope of the resurrection of the dead.” 7 When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 8 (The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees believe all these things.)
9 There was a great uproar, and some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees stood up and argued vigorously. “We find nothing wrong with this man,” they said. “What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?” 10 The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks. Acts 23:6-10
Paul knew his audience, didn’t he! He chose his words carefully. But within those words is the power of the Gospel: resurrection of the dead. Sure, the Sadducees and Pharisees would debate it, but they would be thinking about it too. Even after the guards took Paul away, I’m certain they were still arguing about it.
The resurrection of the dead is one of those theological concepts that cannot be ignored. You can argue against it but you have nothing. I can argue for it and I have an undying hope that we will be resurrected. Christ Himself taught this.
Even Muslims believe Christ will be raised from the dead!
Spend a few moments thinking about this awesome theology. Think about what it means to us today and in the future.