Revelation 21:4 - Out With The Old And In With The New!

Revelation 21:4 - Out With The Old And In With The New!

Revelation 21:4 (NKJV) 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. 

Here we have the assurance of the elimination of five tragic 
aspects of human life: tears, death, mourning, crying, and pain. 
[Wycliffe Bible Commentary] 

People will enjoy a new intimacy with God and the elimination of 
those sorrows that sin brings. [Ryrie SB] 

The highest promise of all is intimate fellowship with God ... 
This fellowship with God in the golden age brings certain things. 
Tears and grief and crying and pain are gone. ... "They shall obtain joy 
and gladness," said Isaiah of the pilgrims of the heavenly way, "and 
sorrow and sighing shall flee away" (Isa 35:10). [Barclay Commentary] 

In the new heaven and new earth, any remaining "distance between 
God and humanity will be removed. In the Old Testament, the glory of 
God was displayed at times as a brilliant light, but human beings 
were not able to look directly at it. In the New Testament, people 
were able to approach Jesus, but his glory was veiled by his human 
form. His disciples got only a brief glimpse of it on the Mount of 
Transfiguration. In the new heaven and new earth, the glory of God will be 
completely unveiled, and we will be able to see it clearly. Nothing will 
hinder us from fully experiencing God. [NIV Once A Day Bible] 

What wonderful changes there will be when we enter eternity! God 
will dwell personally with His people in a glorious and intimate way. 
There will be no more tears, death, or sorrow. All of these came into 
the world through sin, but now the curse is removed. God's "It is 
done!" parallels Christ's "It is finished!" The same Lord who started 
creation will also finish it; He is Alpha and Omega (the first and last 
letters of the Gk. alphabet). [Wiersbe Expository Outlines] 

   Heaven will be a place with no tears - no tears of pain, 
sorrow, regret, wounds, loss, hurt feelings, unmet desires, unrequited 
love--not even of hay fever or colds. Have you ever really thought about 
what a world with no tears would be like? We are so used to tears, 
even those who don't cry much themselves. Tears come when we've been 
physically hurt - like the child with the skinned knee. Tears come when 
we're emotionally spent, when we're grieving, or when we're completely 
overwhelmed. Tears come when we say good-bye. Tears come with sadness. Tears 
indicate sickness of the body or the heart. They can reveal a loss of 
hope. But in heaven there will be no sickness of the heart or body, no 
regrets, no pain, no sorrow, no unmet desires, no grief. The world will 
be perfect, everything in its place and everyone with what they 
need. No tears.  
   Imagine it. Have faith in it. Envision the hand of God wiping 
from your face the last tear you'll ever cry and sending you out to 
live in the sunshine. "God will wipe every tear from their eyes." 
[The One Year Bible for New Believers re Rev. 7:13-17] 

   There are not too many things in this world that feel better 
than reaping the fruits of your long, hard labor. For parents, their 
labor is rewarded when their children grow up and become good, 
productive members of society. For college students, this is receiving a 
diploma on graduation day. For sports teams, this is winning the 
   One day our labor to believe in and follow Christ will also 
come to fruition. In this reading, John describes the reward God will 
give his followers for their faithfulness. He will take us to our 
heavenly home - the new Jerusalem. Living here for eternity will be worth 
every sacrifice made, every prayer offered, every trial endured, and 
every persecution suffered. Rejoice in Christ's victory and determine 
to remain faithful to him.  
   At the end of history, God will destroy the old heaven and 
earth and create new and perfect ones. Those who died in their sins 
will be cast into the "fiery lake of burning sulfur," separated from 
God forever (Revelation 21:8). In sharp contrast, those who have 
been covered with Christ's blood will enter God's Holy City to live 
with him in eternal joy. Inside that city the people will hear Jesus 
say, "[God] will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be 
no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are 
gone forever" (21:4). Actually, the end of history is also a 
beginning - the beginning of God's perfect world.  
   Everyone longs for a perfect world, one that is without 
suffering, death, or sadness. In this perfect world, we also long for 
fulfilling love and justice. All of this seems like an impossible fantasy. 
But here it is - God's promised future for all who love him. [The 
One Year Through the Bible Devotional by Dave Veerman re vv. 1-6] 

There was a woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness 
and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her 
things "in order", she contacted her pastor and had him come to her 
house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him 
which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scripture she would 
like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. The woman also 
requested to be buried with her favorite Bible.  Everything was in order 
and the pastor was preparing to leave when the woman suddenly 
remembered something very important to her. "There's one more thing," she 
said excitedly. "What's that?" came the pastor's reply. "This is very 
important," the woman continued.  "I want to be buried with a fork in my 
right hand." The pastor stood looking at the woman, not knowing quite 
what to say. "That surprises you, doesn't it?" the woman asked. 
"Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request," said the pastor. The 
woman explained. "In all my years of attending church socials and 
potluck dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main 
course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, 
"Keep Your Fork". It was my favorite part because I knew that 
something better was coming.....like velvety chocolate cake or deep dish 
apple pie.  Something wonderful, and with substance!  So, I just want 
people to see me there in the casket with a fork in my hand and I want 
them to wonder, "What's with the fork?!"  Then I want you to tell 
them:  "Keep your fork...the best is yet to come".  The pastor's eyes 
welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the woman good bye. He knew 
this would be one of the last times he would see her before her 
death. But he also knew that the woman had a better grasp of heaven 
than he did.  She KNEW that something better was coming.  At the 
funeral people were walking by the woman's casket and they saw the 
pretty dress she was wearing, the favorite Bible and fork placed in her 
right hand. Over and over, the pastor heard the question, "What's with 
the fork?" And over and over he smiled. During his message, the 
pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the woman 
shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what 
it symbolized to her. The pastor told the people how he could not 
stop thinking about it either. He was right. So the next time you 
reach down for your fork, let it remind you, oh so gently, that the 
best is yet to come. [source unknown] 


No More Sickness or Death: 
http://www.itiswritten.com/television/episodes/2683 [A Better Way To Live By Shawn Boonstra] 


In preparing this devotional for the New Year, I discovered that 
Shawn Boonstra of It Is Written published this video on February 5, 
2010. My wife, Helen, died that very day from lung cancer. Our 
favorite commentary thought during her last days was the very one quoted 
by Pastor Boonstra from a little book called Heaven and entitled: 
The Christian's Summer. -- This earth is the place of preparation 
for heaven. The time spent here is the Christian's winter. Here the 
chilly winds of affliction blow upon us, and the waves of trouble roll 
against us. But in the near future, when Christ comes, sorrow and 
sighing will be forever ended. Then will be the Christian's summer. All 
trials will be over, and there will be no more sickness or death. "God 
shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more 
death, neither sorrow, nor crying ... for the former things are passed 
away" (MS 28, 1886).  {7BC 988.4} 


Therefore the Redeemed of the Lord: 

Therefore the Redeemed of the Lord: