Luke 20:35 (New International Version)
But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage
We took each other to have and to hold as long as we both shall live. What comes after that? In the after life, is there husband and wife?
Jesus says the resurrected neither marry nor are given in marriage. If not non-existent, marriage is at least irrelevant after death.
Marriage, in the beginning, solved aloneness. Marriage provides for companionship and the continuing of the human race. Those in the resurrection life can no longer die, so continuation is assured; they dwell with God, so can no longer be lonely. The drivers for marriage evaporate in the age to come.
While the basis of human marriage may disappear, the foundation of union with God is eternal. God’s promise lasts more than a lifetime. It has no end. God says, “I betroth you to me for ever”.
In the resurrection, personality is preserved, as the identification of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob demonstrates. Precisely how resurrected persons relate to each other is not spelled out.
Yet some things are clear. The resurrection life transcends the present life. Present relationships will be enhanced, not diminished. Whether never-married, married, or re-married – all, resurrected, will count it not as loss, but as gain.