Have you questioned in your mind, the scripture where Jesus says “in the resurrection they neither marry,
nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.” (Matthew 22:30).
The Sadducees are again trying to trick Jesus into something they can take out of context, and have asked
Him about a woman who was married to a man who died, and so a brother took her (as was a custom back in Old Testament times).
And this went on through seven brothers, then the woman herself died. They asked Jesus whose wife would she be in Heaven,
and He explained that this won’t be a situation there. (Incidentally, in those times, “Sadducees” did not
believe in resurrection, while the Pharisees did).
And here’s my personal opinion as an explanation: I’ve told you at other times, how age won’t
be a problem, but that we’ll know others we have known, as we remember them. I once wrote a song I called “Hometown
Christmas,” of how “memory knows no miles…I see it even now…my mind erases wrinkles from every friendly
brow…we’re in our teens again, with time to laugh and plan…so take me back to my hometown.” In Heaven,
there won’t be a problem of who is married to whom…it will be a place of unadulterated love; (that is, pure, unqualified
love) with nothing there to let differences of opinion spoil its wonder, and there’ll be no such word as “time,”
so Heaven is going to be…well, HEAVENLY.
Which gives me cause to remind you that if you haven’t yet made peace with The Lord, do it now. Tell
Him you’ve had enough of hellish thoughts, and want to be ready when he either calls you, or comes for you.
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.