"I want to see my husband--and Jesus"
Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, an Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 39 years, have three sons - Josh, Mark and Nick, two daughters-in-law- Leah and Vanessa, and four grandchildren - Knox, Eli, Penny and Violet. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
- 2008 Oct 09
During our conversation she said, “I don’t want to live to be 90.” “But what if you were still healthy when you were 90?” No, she said, she didn’t want to be 90. She’s looking forward to heaven.
"I want to see my husband—and Jesus."
Then she looked embarrassed, as if she had said something wrong. But what could be wrong about wanting to see your loved ones again? “If he is with Jesus,” I began to say. “And he is,” she replied. “Then wherever Jesus is, that’s where he will be. And when you see your husband, you will see Jesus too."
Jesus is the glory of heaven. And heaven is wherever he is. Remember what Jesus said to the thief on the cross “Today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). We can argue over the details, but the central meaning is perfectly clear. Going to heaven means that we are with him forever. Absent from the body, present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). The day is coming when the dead in Christ will rise, the living saints will be taken up from the earth, and together with them, we will be with the Lord forever (1 Thessalonians 4:17).
I told that dear lady that she need not feel embarrassed about wanting to see her husband. Of course she does. She honors her husband by remembering him after he is gone. If I go to heaven first, I would like to remembered like that.
When she sees her husband again in that glad reunion day, she will see Jesus too. It all works out for the children of God. All we have to do is hold on, keep believing, and never give up. Better days are coming. Death will not have the last word. Regarding our loved ones who die in the Lord, they are with him right now, and when we finally see them again, we will see him.
All will be well.
And we will never say goodbye again.
Come, Lord Jesus.