Have you ever thought about whether there are human relationships (marriages, siblings, families) in eternity? It is human nature to care deeply about our relationships, yet sometimes it can take our eyes and hearts off the eternal relationship we have with God…
27 Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question. 28 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. 30 The second 31 and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. 32 Finally, the woman died too. 33 Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?”
34 Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 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, 36 and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. 37 But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 38 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”
39 Some of the teachers of the law responded, “Well said, teacher!” 40 And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
41 Then Jesus said to them, “Why is it said that the Messiah is the son of David? 42 David himself declares in the Book of Psalms:
“‘The Lord said to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
43 until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet.”’
44 David calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?”
The point Jesus is making, both in the answer on marriage in heaven and then on David’s relationship to the Messiah, is that when we get out of time, everyone is alive.
To God, all are alive (verse 38).
Something will be different in eternity, however, in that the trappings and relationships of earth will no longer apply. Does this mean I won’t have children or siblings in heaven? Maybe yes. And I don’t think it will matter.
Here’s why. In eternity, David will be calling Jesus Lord. Even though Jesus is the son of David (verse 41). In other words, the focus of eternity will be the Lord – not our human relationships.
The Sadduccees actually didn’t care about this – they were trying to trick Jesus based on their belief that there is no resurrection (which would mean no eternity). We care, though.
In fact, some of us are obsessed with the idea that we may or may not have relationships in eternity. We are so wrapped up in the relationships of earth that some of those relationships are more important than our relationship with God. And that’s scary.
It’s scary because it probably means that we are so committed to what is happening on earth that we may not be looking forward to and anticipating Jesus’ coming. And that means we may not be as concerned about those people who don’t know him…
Our thinking needs a reboot.