What happens when we die? How does this question make you feel? For many, it can evoke a sense of uncertainty and fear. In our desperate need to be in control, this question quickly reminds us we are not. And, that’s okay.
Q: What will relationships be like in heaven?
In The Gospel of Luke, a group of religious leaders who denied the possibility of the resurrection asked Jesus what the marriage relationship looks like in the resurrection. Jesus said:
“The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels” (Luke 20: 34; 36).
Jesus reminds us not to think of heaven as an extension of the earth as we understand it. While marriage is a gift from God, our relationships (even our physical form) will be different from what we are used to now. Our relationships in life are limited by time, death, and sin. In eternity none of those things will exist.
Billy Graham put it best when he said,
“Though Christians have no immunity from death, death is a friend rather than a foe – the beginning rather than the end.”
This world offers only a temporary home for us. As Christians, our citizenship has always been and will be in heaven. Everything we go through on earth is preparation for what we will experience one day; the best revelation of the Living God, where intimacy is unlocked and where He is the source of all of our needs. So, heaven is our greatest triumph.
I’m excited that this coming Sunday is the launch of our community life groups, where we look at God’s Word, and encourage each other on this side of heaven!
If you do not attend the church live on Sundays, Don and Nancy (my folks) are leading a Zoom life group that you might consider being a part of. Look for that information on our website located here:
To sign up, just email Nancy: Nancy@thevineyardkingston.org.
Many blessings and see you this coming Sunday!