Summary: Will we be with our spouses in heaven? What if he or she has had more than one spouse? Who will he or she spend eternity with? This sermon answers those questions.
Marriages In Heaven
23 The same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him and asked Him,
 saying: "Teacher, Moses said that if a man dies, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.
 Now there were with us seven brothers. The first died after he had married, and having no offspring, left his wife to his brother.
 Likewise the second also, and the third, even to the seventh.
 Last of all the woman died also.
 Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had her."
 Jesus answered and said to them, "You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.
 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven.
 But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying,
 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living."
 And when the multitudes heard this, they were astonished at His teaching.
June 13, 2017 my wife Pat passed from this life to the next.
I have no doubt her spirit is in heaven.
I miss here dearly and look forward to seeing her again in heaven.
Mary Todd Lincoln said after her husband Abe Lincoln died:
"The only consolation left me, is the certainty, that each day brings me nearer my loved and lost....I shall not much longer be separated from my idolized husband, who has only gone before and I am certain is fondly watching and waiting for our reunion, nevermore to be separated."
As you may know, Pat’s first husband Bob Brake died in 1975.
Now, when I die and my soul goes to heaven,
will I find Pat together with Bob?
If so, how will that affect me?
Will I be allowed to be with her, too?
Will there be competition between Bob and me for time with her?
You see, she was married to Bob for about 10 years
and married to me for 41 years.
So if there’s to be competition for her attention in heaven
shouldn’t I be given preference?
We don’t handle situations like that very well here on earth.
Jealousy can rear its ugly head.
I must admit that it was difficult for me to see Pat’s body
buried next to her first husband Bob.
I would have preferred that she be buried
where I will eventually be buried.
Several weeks ago, I had dreams about Pat 3 nights in a row.
In each dream, Pat was leaving me…not because she was dying…
but because she was going to another man.
Each time, I awoke from those dreams feeling broken hearted.
People who die with only one husband or one wife
don’t concern themselves with things like that.
However, it’s not uncommon
for people to have had more than one spouse.
My Great Great Grandfather had 2 wives.
His first wife died leaving him with 8 children.
At age 53, he married a 19 year- old woman
who gave him 7 more children before he died.
The tallest monument in the cemetery behind our church
marks the burial place of Philander Gould who had 2 wives.
Those wives are buried on each of side of him.
Divorce is pretty common today resulting in remarriages.
Even in the days when divorces were uncommon
deaths of a spouse often resulted in remarriages.
Question #1. How will it be in heaven for those who have had more than one spouse.
Jesus was forced to speak to situations like that
and we find his words in today’s Bible text.
Let me first tell you how this happened.
Look at Verse 23: The same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him and asked Him,
The Sadducees were a sect of the Jews started in 250 B.C.
by Sadok, a president of the Sanhedrin,
the ruling body of Judaism.
The Sadducees did not believe in any resurrection.
They knew they couldn't prove the resurrection was nonsense.
So they tried to make the idea look so complicated and ridiculous
that people would have to question it’s validity.
The Pharisees did not ask this question to find truth.
They just wanted to make the hope of the resurrection look foolish.
Now look at Verse 24: saying: "Teacher, Moses said that if a man dies, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.  Now there were with us seven brothers. The first died after he had married, and having no offspring, left his wife to his brother.