following excerpt is taken from Making Today Count for Eternity
by Kent Crockett, Multnomah
Publishers, 2001, pages 110-111.
An engaged couple met untimely deaths.
When they arrived in heaven, they asked God permission to marry. The Lord said,
"Itís a bit unusual, but wait five years and see if you still want to marry
Five years passed and they made
their request again. God said, "I want you to wait another five years."
After waiting ten years, they finally received permission and were married.
It wasnít long before they realized they made a horrible mistake and asked God
for a divorce.
The Lord said, "Look, it took
us ten years to find a minister here. Do you realize how long it will take to
find a lawyer?"
Ministers and lawyers will be found
in heaven, but not marriage or divorce. The institution of marriage was designed
for this earthly life only. Jesus said, "The sons of this age marry and
are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy attain to that age
and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage;
for neither can they die anymore, for they are like angels, and are sons of
God, being sons of the resurrection" (Luke 20:34-36).
Since marriages wonít exist in heaven,
no children will be born in the next life. Those who were husbands and wives
on earth will know each other in heaven, but wonít be married, since the marriage
covenant is dissolved when a person dies (Romans 7:2).
Although this saddens me, I always
remind myself that everything in heaven is far better than anything on earth.
Did God make a mistake by not including marriage in the next life? Certainly
not. No one will be disappointed in heaven, and all relationships will be exalted
to perfection in Godís eternal kingdom.