I just wrote a book on marriage called “[This] Momentary Marriage.” I’ve been married 40 years this December. I named it “[This] Momentary Marriage” just because Jesus said, “in the resurrection there is neither marrying nor giving in marriage.” You get a little window here, and it’s all about a parable of something more permanent, which means that singleness, by the way, can have massive significance in its witness to that later marriage, rather than absolutizing the one that we can enjoy here for a moment. This is a momentary marriage, which means if you risk one of you dying, you have an occasion, like Graham Staines’ wife and his 13-year-old daughter Esther who after he, and his two sons – one six, one ten – burned alive in the back of their SUV in India, were asked “you going home now to Australia after 30 years working with lepers in India?” and she said “why would we go home? We’ve given our life here. We love India. We hold no grudges.” And then they turned to the 13-year-old daughter. Some of you are 13; okay, heads up 13-year-olds. Your dad’s just been burned alive, your two brothers have just [been] killed. What do you think about your dad’s murder?… “It is an honor that my dad was counted worthy to die for Jesus” something like that she said, 13 years old. These are heroes, [are] they not? They will rejoin him very quickly. It will be as nothing. The marriage is over, forever. It’s just going to be better in the age to come. You think marriage is good? You think sex is good? It is. It’s a parable of what’s really good. So every time it happens, or you just dream of it happening as a single person, remember it’s all about something else. Something else a thousand times better than sexual intercourse is coming.

John Piper

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