When a young couple comes together in marriage they usually envision that their union will be “forever!” The napkins on the table by the wedding cake might softly say, “Forever Yours,” and the cake itself might whisper, “Together Forever.”
Many times that sugar-sweet-frosting sentiment is then kept hidden away in the freezer at 40 below for years.
A few young women, when planning their wedding—those who feel that their marriage bliss will be more rich, more pure, more wonderful than normal—might even go so far as to claim the superlatives, “Everlasting” or even “Eternal!”
“Everlasting Love, Forever Yours, Eternal Bliss, Together Forever!” These sweet thoughts bring tears of joy but later, many times sooner than planned, those tears turn to bitter-sweet reality. Life does not dance in snow-white slippers on the top of a wedding cake nor does it continue beyond the boundaries of time. Human marriages, even the best marriages, do not nor can they continue beyond this earthly life. Many marriages, sad to say, do not survive past two or three calendars, let alone “Forever!”
At the other end of the spectrum many elderly couples, and even some who have lost their husband or wife earlier in life, believe that someday, after death, they will be reunited with that loved one in heaven and continue their marriage there, “forever.”
But the Bible teaches otherwise:
A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 7:39. ESV.)
And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. (Luke 20:34–36. ESV.)
You see, eternity is the home of Almighty God. He is not bound by time or place. At the time of death, the soul of a Christian is taken to heaven to be with the Lord forever, no longer under the constraints of time.
A Christian is any person on earth who believes that Jesus Christ died on Calvary’s cross in their place, as their substitute, to pay the penalty for their sins. This person is one who then turns away from their sin to Jesus (repents) and welcomes Him into their life as Savior and Lord.
Several months ago the Lord brought time, eternity, marriage and love into sharp focus for me. I rethought the fact that right now, here on earth, is the only time Susan and I will have together as husband and wife. Ever! It is that one unique period of time, never to be continued or repeated, where our Lord has given us a relationship no one else alive can share or experience. We alone have been blessed with this mere wink of an eye, this twinkle of starlight in the midst of all eternity, united as one, to live together and love each other as God desires. To glorify and honor our Lord here on earth.
Yes, when we get to heaven Susan and I will be good friends, better friends than we ever could have been here on earth, I’m sure. (And we will never argue there!) We will be a sister and brother in the heavenly family of God—but never again husband and wife! Through this realization The Spirit of Jesus convicted me that He has given us this brief time together to build and to enjoy a wonderful relationship filled with love, respect and understanding. And He is here with us, helping and teaching us to do just that.
Christian friends, if you are husband and wife you, also, are experiencing your own unique time together. In comparison to eternity, that brief time of marriage would be like comparing a grain of sand to all the beaches of all the oceans and all the dunes of all the deserts of the world and on to infinity. But our time together is not a small thing in the eyes of the Lord. He brought us together as one because He loves us and desires to show His love for us in another wonderful way. That is, through the love He pours into our hearts that we share with one another.
Lord bless and keep,
Carl and Sue