And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 NKJV
He will swallow up death for all time, And the Lord GOD will wipe tears away from all faces, And He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth; For the LORD has spoken.
And the ransomed of the LORD will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion, With everlasting joy upon their heads. They will find gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away.
“Your sun will no longer set, Nor will your moon wane; For you will have the LORD for an everlasting light, And the days of your mourning will be over.
“I will also rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in My people; And there will no longer be heard in her The voice of weeping and the sound of crying.
“They will come and shout for joy on the height of Zion, And they will be radiant over the bounty of the LORD– Over the grain and the new wine and the oil, And over the young of the flock and the herd; And their life will be like a watered garden, And they will never languish again.
1 Corinthians 15:26
The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come!
The words, “Once more,” signify the removal of what can be shaken–that is, created things–so that the unshakable may remain.
Matthew Henry Commentary
21:1-8 The new heaven and the new earth will not be separate from each other; the earth of the saints, their glorified, bodies, will be heavenly. The old world, with all its troubles and tumults, will have passed away. There will be no sea; this aptly represents freedom from conflicting passions, temptations, troubles, changes, and alarms; from whatever can divide or interrupt the communion of saints. This new Jerusalem is the church of God in its new and perfect state, the church triumphant. Its blessedness came wholly from God, and depends on him. The presence of God with his people in heaven, will not be interrupt as it is on earth, he will dwell with them continually. All effects of former trouble shall be done away. They have often been in tears, by reason of sin, of affliction, of the calamities of the church; but no signs, no remembrance of former sorrows shall remain. Christ makes all things new. If we are willing and desirous that the gracious Redeemer should make all things new in order hearts and nature, he will make all things new in respect of our situation, till he has brought us to enjoy complete happiness. See the certainty of the promise. God gives his titles, Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, as a pledge for the full performance. Sensual and sinful pleasures are muddy and poisoned waters; and the best earthly comforts are like the scanty supplies of a cistern; when idolized, they become broken cisterns, and yield only vexation. But the joys which Christ imparts are like waters springing from a fountain, pure, refreshing, abundant, and eternal. The sanctifying consolations of the Holy Spirit prepare for heavenly happiness; they are streams which flow for us in the wilderness. The fearful durst not meet the difficulties of religion, their slavish fear came from their unbelief; but those who were so dastardly as not to dare to take up the cross of Christ, were yet so desperate as to run into abominable wickedness. The agonies and terrors of the first death will lead to the far greater terrors and agonies of eternal death.
Oh what a glorious day that will be when we meet our Maker. When we can truly rest at our eternal home which Jesus Himself crafted. We no longer will be aliens traveling in this conflicted land. Changed like caterpillar to butterfly. WOW!
Why or why must we endure all this?
Why so much turmoil, divide, pain and ugliness coupled with fleeting peace, pulling together, overcoming and beauty.
Why all the tension and friction between good vs evil?
I don’t think any of us mortals will be able to fully understand until we arrive. God’s ways are above ours. Nonetheless, it must be worth it!
Some things, especially these invisible eternal ones, require faith and trust. Trust in God that He, and only He, can make all things new. He is the great Redeemer! He is the one who can turn the worst inside out! His Son’s precious blood can blot out any stain! AMEN!
As the recently departed Billy Graham Jr said, ‘I have read the last page of the Bible and it turns out all right’.
Good God, hear my prayer I trust and plead. You said I can boldly enter as a child can enter his father’s presence.
Abba, Daddy keep me, protect me until I make it to my true home.