Reunion In Heaven. Will believers be reunited with loved ones and friends in Heaven? This question has been asked countless times since the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul addressed this issue with the Thessalonians, they were concerned that their departed loved ones (believers) would miss the return of Jesus. Paul writes, “Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (1 Thess. 4:17.)
Paul also goes on to say in verse 18, “Comfort one another with these words.” And again Paul states, We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8.) Paul was saying that when a believer dies, they will immediately be in Heaven.
Jesus also addressed this issue in similar manner when He said, “After taking the cup, He gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” (Luke 22:17-18.) Even King David after suffering the loss of a his infant child said, “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” (2 Samuel 12, v. 23.)
What Jesus was telling His disciples was that He would not drink wine again until they were gathered together with Him in Heaven. And David, in faith knew he would see his child again in Heaven because of faith.
Faith is everything in our walk with the Lord. I like the King James definition of what faith is. Hebrews 11, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Personally, Hebrews 11 defines what faith is, hope for our family and friends the Cross represents. “The evidence of things not seen.” We can’t see God and Jesus until we die, or are raptured to Heaven. 1 Thess. 4:17.
What about family and friends who have passed away. Will they be waiting for us in Heaven when we get there?
The bible is very clear that all who believe in Jesus Christ will one day be with Him in Heaven, either after they have passed away or taken in the rapture, the bible is also very clear that all who reject the gospel message of the cross will not enter into Heaven.
In order to answer these questions we have to understand that a person will have to comprehend the consequences of sin and be mature enough to make a conscience choice, either to accept and embrace Jesus Christ and acknowledge Him as their savior, or reject Him. Aborted babies cannot know or understand the consequences of sin, they’ve never experienced the world or heard the message of the gospel, therefore, they will automatically be in Heaven, the same goes with others that lack the mental capacity to understand and comprehend who Jesus is, and His work on the cross.
If you’re concerned about your family and friends salvation, I’d like to share a short story about my wife’s dad to help bolster your faith. In 2009, my wife lost her mother to cancer, she had been a christian most of her life. A few months after she passed away, my wife’s dad suffered a massive stroke. His memories were gone. My father in-law was an extremely arrogant man. He believed we evolved from monkeys and would often say that his level of thinking and understanding was on a higher level. The doctors believed because of the severity of the stroke that he didn’t have much time left. They were right.
He was transferred to a care facility close to our home. Together my wife and I began praying for his salvation. One Sunday afternoon, shortly before he died, we went for a visit. When we entered the building we could hear music and singing. One of the local churches held services at the facility each Sunday. When we arrived into the large dinning room, we noticed her dad sitting in a wheelchair slumped on his right side. Before we began walking to him, he sat up straight up, looked directly at us and raised his right arm. Because of the effects of the stroke, he could barely move and needed assistance. It was at that moment that we both knew he had made the right choice and accepted Jesus. My father in law was not one to bring attention to himself, and when he boldly sat up and raised his hand, I knew instantly that he was saved. Thank you Lord.
The day he passed away we had finished shopping and was driving home when my wife got the call that her dad was gone. The next day she told me right after she received the call, she heard a message from the Lord. This was the message.
“This is what it takes for some people, his mind was quite, don’t worry, everything is OK.” My wife knew this was a comforting message from the Lord, reassuring her that her dad had indeed made the right choice. Even though his mind was gone because of the stroke, it was the fact that his mind was quiet, where he could hear the Lord speaking and comforting him.
It is this authors belief that God doesn’t need the physical body to be alive in order for a person to hear the Gospel message, at least one more time. The experience we shared about my wife’s dad convinced me of that. Even if the physical part of us is alive but have suffered trauma to our brain that won’t stop God from speaking to our spirit, since our spirits were created first before we were born into the physical. And remember, after Jesus died He went to Abraham’s bosom and released the captives, since they lacked a physical body what remained was their spirit.
It is also my personal belief that regardless of how a person dies, I believe that God gives his children one last chance to accept Jesus, as much as God desires to reconcile us back to Him, it is the person who has to make the choice. We’ve all had friends and family that have passed away, who hasn’t, we have prayed for their salvation many times, but even our death cannot stop the Gospel message, Jesus proved the physical part isn’t always required for a person to hear the message of the Cross. It’s hard to see our friends and family pass away, but remember that God answers all sincere prayers, and I believe that seeing family and friends in Heaven will give God and Jesus great pleasure, Glory, Honor and Praise.
Article by Admin.