Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. 26My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 73:25-26 

I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me.

Jeremiah 32:40 

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."

John 10:10 

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Colossians 4:6 

..."If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

John 8:31-32 

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. 24Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.

Proverbs 4:23-24 

Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. 26Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. 27Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.

Proverbs 4:25-27 

…let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

James 1:19-20 

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8:9 

Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? 14You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples.

Psalm 77:13-14 

Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free. 6The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? 7The LORD is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. 8It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.

Psalm 118:5-8 

Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name's sake!

Psalm 79:9 

…he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

1 John 4:4 

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God."

Revelation 21:3 

"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 21:4 

No More Tears (Revelation 21:4)

| Dec 19, 2020

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“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 21:4

In March of 2020, I was on a scheduled trip to Cordoba, Argentina, to meet with a group of pastors and missionaries. We had only just arrived when news broke out about the growing global spread of the Coronavirus. After spending the first day with church planters, Argentina announced a nationwide quarantine and the closing of the country to travelers from the United States. Thankfully, we were able to change our plans and return home the next day.

That trip seems like an eternity ago, but since that day, we’ve experienced the effects of a global pandemic: inconvenience, loss of jobs, illness, masks, online church services, stress, depression, riots, political turmoil, and, as of this month, approximately 265,000 deaths related to COVID-19. The common sentiment is, “When will this end?!” This was also the common sentiment toward the end of the first century when Revelation was written. Revelation 2-3 paints a picture of Christians living in a dark world filled with distraction, temptation, suffering, and the threat of death. The cry in that day was also, “When will this end?” Specifically, it was, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth” (Revelation 6:10)? The answer came back, “rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been” (Revelation 6:11).

Admittedly, our suffering has not been on the level of what our first brothers and sisters experienced, and thankfully so. Still, with all the suffering and evil around us, our cry should be the same – “How much longer, Lord?!” If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that Adam’s sin still affects our world, human rebellion is rampant, and we should long for a better country. This world is not our home. We are only exiles sojourning toward our heavenly dwelling, the celestial city. But we don’t long for our heavenly home just to escape suffering in this world. We long to be home because our God is there (Revelation 21:3). He is our home, and we’re traveling to be with him. Jesus is the way to the Father, and he has shown us the way home – through suffering and death. But death does not have the last word. When Christ returns, and heaven comes down, we will be in the presence of God. Like a good father, our heavenly Father will receive us and “wipe away every tear from our eyes” (Revelation 21:4). What a beautiful picture!

When one of my daughters was hurt and ran into my arms, one of the first things I would do is ask her what happened, where she was hurt, wipe her tears from her eyes, and kiss her. That’s the picture the apostle John paints in Revelation 21:4. Except, it’s not just our Father wiping our tears to send us on our way. It’s the end of suffering because it’s the end of sin. Therefore, the effects of sin are over – “death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” That’s the day we long for. That’s why we cry out, “How much longer, O Lord? When will this end?” Because we know it will end! Just as Christ cried out on the cross, “It is finished!,” so also, he will come again and bring this old age to an end. Lord Jesus, come quickly. And as we wait, give us your grace until the end.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Have you cried out to the Lord, “When will this end?” Where do you turn for hope in those times?
  2. Have you grown so comfortable in this world that you don’t long for your heavenly home? What do you need to do to reorient your perspective toward heaven?
  3. How have you been able to redeem the times to share the good news of Jesus with unbelievers during 2020? If you haven’t, would you commit to telling others about Jesus, pointing to the eternal hope we have in Christ?

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Juan Sanchez is the senior pastor of High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. He is also the author of Seven Dangers Facing Your Church.

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For All Who Are In Christ (Rev 21:4)

| Dec 20, 2015

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“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 21:4 The apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 8 that the whole creation has been “subjected to futility” (vs 20). Even those […]

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