GOD WITH US

Scripture Reading: Revelation 21:1-8

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God.'” (Revelation 21:3)

John heard a loud voice from heaven — “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (vs. 3,4).

Because the dwelling place of God is with His people, there is no temple in the Holy City, as we have already seen. God is the temple, the tabernacle among men. Here also is the fulfillment of the covenant promise — “I will be their God and they will be My people.” This promise was first made to Abraham and then to all who by faith are the sons of Abraham (Galatians 3:7).

We are told that God Himself “will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” These are tears of sorrow, pain, regret, and fear that are left from the old order. God tenderly wipes way the tears and they will never return again. The God of this entire universe is also the God of all comfort (II Corinthians 1:3-5).

Then we read this amazing statement — “And death shall be no more, neither mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” How comforting these words are! One day we will be set free from all suffering, pain and death.

There is no more death because Christ conquered it. In I Corinthians 15:26 we read, “the last enemy that will be abolished is death.” In speaking of the resurrection of the body, Paul wrote — “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Corinthians 15:54-57).

Mourning, crying, and pain will be gone forever and ever. There will be no more good byes, for death is gone forever. The first order will pass away and the new will come. Understanding these things about the future helps us have a realistic view of the present.

Lord God, I long for the day when the promises of a new heaven and new earth are fulfilled. What encouragement it gives me to know that one day all will be made right. Death will be no more, neither mourning, nor crying nor pain. Knowing what is to come enables me to live out my life on this present earth with hope and anticipation. Thank You for Your incredible promises.

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