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.””(Revelation 21:2–4 ESV)
The question is often raised about this verse…why will there be tears in heaven?
Possible answers given are that we will be weeping over lost rewards or the absence of lost loved ones.
Both are possible I suppose, but both miss the point, in my opinion.
The reason we will be weeping will be that getting home has been so hard.
Life will break even the strongest among us and many of us will arrive in the next life the way we left this one.
For some of us, it will be the first opportunity to finally let it all out.
The Bible is clear who makes it home…those who persevere and overcome.
For those who are more pious than bright, you don’t persevere through a good time and overcome pleasant circumstances.
We have to endure all the effects of the Fall and the unholy trinity of the world, the flesh, and the devil.
Finally, we have to die to get where we’re going.
Personally speaking, I’m going to flood the place…
This brings me to my Christmas message.
Ho, ho, ho…
Christmas, (otherwise known as the Bataan death march of commercialism and the calendar), is really about the Incarnation.
That’s where your God entered time and space and a fully human body and endured the same things you have had to.
He lived a short life full of tragedy and died at the hands of the people He came to save.
Thus, He is fully able to sympathize with our weaknesses…and fully qualified to wipe every tear from our eyes.
Once He does, there will be no more need for tears and mourning, the old things will have passed away and all things made new.
He told me to remind you.
I’m just trying to hold my tears until I get home…it’s Christmas, after all.
Make your own application…