“For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven” (Matthew 22:30 ESV).

In Ephesians 5:32 we’re told that marriage is a profound mystery that has to do with Christ and His church. Essentially what Paul is saying there is that the covenant of marriage between one man and one woman is designed to display the glory and the grace of God in the covenant of grace that God has with His people in Christ. In other words, marriage points to the heavenly reality of Jesus and His love for His bride, the church. That so, it makes sense that Jesus says that in the Day of Eternity there is no marriage, at least in earthly terms.

In the resurrection, when Jesus returns and gives us new resurrected bodies that are free from sin and death and all of their effects, there will be no more need of marriage because the coming reality that marriage points to will be the present reality in which we live and move. And while that might at first seem sad… “No marriage?” On that day their will be no more sadness because Jesus’ nail-scared hands will wipe our tear-stained eyes dry and we will weep no more. In the words of Song of Solomon, we will be our Beloved’s, and He will be ours.

Marriage is an institution created for the glory of God and our good. When it plays out rightly it displays God’s covenant relationship with His people in Christ. And it therefore has its fulfillment in Christ. Jesus is our one true soul mate; and on the final Day we will be with Him for all eternity in heavenly joy, much like angels; and whatever we may miss from this life, it will not compare to the joy and the glory that is to come.

I am nothing; Christ is all!

Pastor Nick