Peter’s wife’s mother is healed in Matt 8:14. This cool because here we see Peter had a wife. Think about that for a second.
Peter comes home one day, with no fish caught for supper, and has to tell his wife, ‘um, so I met this guy that says He’s the Messiah… and I think He is…’
Just the reality of it, coming home with all these stories of stuff Jesus said and did each day… probably made for good dinner conversation, ‘how was your day?’
Luke 8:2 records some women following Jesus as well, some speculate was Peter’s wife as well. So at one point she could have been tired of just hearing the stories, and was like ‘okay I have to see this for myself, if this is the King of the Jews, I’m following too.’
It’s just an idea but makes a case for the reality of how we’re called as husband and wife to follow Jesus in the context of a deep relationship. I don’t like how in America we tend to separate religion and family life.
I think of the Genesis creation story and how the fellowship of the trinity, the infinite love of Father and Son and Spirit… they look down on Adam and say, He has full enterence into fellowship with us, and yet he should have a bit of this of his own as well. “It’s not good for him to be alone (Gen 2:18).” We should have full communion with the Holy Spirit and the facination of the throneroom… but also the fellowship and friendship of a companion.
And all of it is to mirror the realities of heaven. We go deeper into our relationship with as son of God, as we become a father. Our paradigm gets clearer and He teaches us through the experience.
Eph 5 says husbands love your wives as Christ loves the church.. That there’s something about the love and relationship (and role in bringing her to maturity) there that echoes or reflects Him and us.
all that to say.. I think that we will carry the experiences of these earthly relationships into heaven and it will forever be our foundational grid into the knowledge of God.. (in our relating to God the Father and Jesus as Bridegroom) and is still yet now but an entry point into knowing understanding and communing with God.