Will we know each other in Heaven?

This is a common question people ask when they think about the afterlife.

In today’s reading, Luke describes what happened when Jesus was transfigured before His disciples. The word “transfigure” simply means “to be transformed” and while Luke tells us Jesus’ “face became different”, He was still recognizable as Jesus.

As were Moses and Elijah.

The transformation which took place before the three disciples made them eyewitnesses of the heavenly glory and true nature of Jesus as well as providing them with a brief glimpse at what people look like in God’s transfigured world.

It is clear from the passage the disciples recognized who was with Jesus, given Peter’s typically enthusiastic response:

“Master, it’s wonderful to be here! Let’s make three shelters as memorials – one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (v33)

After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His followers on many occasions and having seen and been with Him, none doubted He was Jesus.

John, who also saw Jesus transfigured wrote, “We know that, when He (Jesus) appears, we shall be like Him.” (1 John 3:2). Given Christians receive new resurrected bodies, the same as Jesus’, its logical to assume we will know and recognize each other in Heaven.

Randy Alcorn also notes that Jesus called people by name in the Heaven to come: “Many shall recline at table with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 8:11)

I love the way Alcorn applies this thought:

“In Heaven I’ll be Randy Alcorn – without the bad parts – forever. If you know Jesus, you’ll be you – without the bad parts – forever.”

I’m looking forward to Heaven – as Rob Furlong – without the bad parts – forever!

Q. Who are you looking forward to seeing again in Heaven?