Could there be any more comforting words for us than these from Revelations 21:4? This is the end that humanity has yearned for since The Fall of Adam and Eve. It is the ultimate expression of the promise of salvation. Sin and death and all of their attendant sufferings have plagued us throughout time. But our salvation has come in Jesus and we await his coming again on the Last Day. On that day these words will be fulfilled.

Christ will wipe away all tears and the causes of all our tears. Death will no longer have a hold on us. Its sting will be destroyed by the great gift of eternal life in the Presence of God. Mourning and crying and pain will no longer be known or remembered. All will be replaced with a joy that surpasses all or our present understandings.

Sin, death, mourning, and pain all belong to the first things, the former things. All that humans have ever known in terms of suffering will pass away and be no more. For those who enter the kingdom of God on the Last Day will know only the inexpressible joy of always and forever seeing God in the face. All will be the eternal Now. There will be no more past and no more future. There will be no more sorrows about past failings, no more worries about the unknowable future. All of this will be wiped away and be no more, forever.

Why? Because, “the dwelling place of God will be with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.” (Rev. 21:3) And he will, “make all things new.” (verse 5) All will be new in every way. But this “newness” will never fade. It will be new forever. It is hard for us to comprehend such things with simple human logic, but with the gift of faith, we know these words to be true. This will come to be. Thanks be to God!

Lord, you are the Alpha and the Omega. In you all truth, all goodness, and all beauty finds its source and its goal. We believe, for we have seen and encountered the depths of your love for us in and through your only begotten Son, Jesus. Help us to live in accord with this faith that you have so generously given us every day of our lives, so that, on the Last Day, we may finally come to live with you forever in your kingdom. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!

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