Jesus and the Sadducees

R. L. Morrison
Columbus, Ga.

The Sadducees, a religious sect among the Jews, met and talked with Jesus on several occasions. They made a fatal mistake, however, when they attempted to meet him in public and discuss the scriptures. They evidently felt they had the unanswerable argument. But Jesus reduced it to nothingness when he said "Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures or the power of God" (Matt. 22:29). The answer was designed to lead them to repentance by teaching the truth. However, it did not, as they closed their ears to truth, made an agreement with the Pharisees, and helped put Jesus to death by doing so.

How often man today closes his mind to that which will save him. Then, some who do so, direct their efforts to the "spiritual" destruction of the bearer of the message. Human nature changes little (if any) with passing time. Nor does passing time change the result of a closed mind. Undoubtedly heeding Paul's admonition, "Examine yourselves whether ye be in the faith", would result in the eternal salvation of many souls.

October 28, 1971