VERSE OF THE DAY
Revelation 21: 2-4 (New Living Translation)
And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He 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.”
What does Revelation 21:2 mean?
John beheld the holy city, New Jerusalem, descending from heaven from God. Human beings have not been able to build a perfect city, but God is the builder of a city that is perfect. It descends from Him and is holy. Cities today are notorious for crimes committed in them, but God’s city contains no crimes. It is holy as God is holy. The New Jerusalem is a real city, not simply a symbol. It is the eternal home of the bride. All God’s saints will live there eternally. Hebrews 12:22–24 lists its residents as innumerable angels, the assembly of the firstborn, likely meaning church saints, God, the spirits of the righteous likely meaning Old Testament believers, and Jesus.
The New Jerusalem is a beautiful place. John saw it as “a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelation 21:2). A bride prepares meticulously to look her best for her wedding day, so this implies God plans to present the New Jerusalem as an exceptionally beautiful, carefully arranged city.
Revelation 21:1–8 continues the progression of events which came after the end of the tribulation: Christ’s return to earth (Revelation 19:11–16), the defeat and destruction of those who war against Christ (Revelation 19:17–21), the incarceration of Satan (Revelation 20:1–3), the millennial reign of Christ (Revelation 20:4–6), the release of Satan and the nations’ final revolt against God (Revelation 20:7–10), and the great white throne judgment (Revelation 20:11–15). Here we see the creation of the new heaven and the new earth. Upcoming verses describe the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:9–27).
This chapter focuses on the New Jerusalem. This is not the earthly, historic Jerusalem of the tribulation (Revelation 11:2, 8). Nor is it the surviving Jerusalem of the millennium that serves as Jesus’ capital (Revelation 20:9). It is the heavenly city referred to in Hebrews 12:22, whose designer and builder is God (Hebrews 11:10, 16). John attempts to describe the indescribable using analogies to precious gems and metals.
What Does Revelation 21:4 Mean? ►
and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
Weeping, we are told by the Lord, shall endure for a night – and the welling tear-drops that have blurred our vision and the floods of tears that have dampened our pillows will one day be wiped away. God Himself will dry every tear, for He enters into every searing pain and each aching heart. Not one secret sigh that crosses the portals of our minds, nor one stabbing pain that cuts deep into our hurting hearts is missed by our gracious God of love – for He is our great God of comfort and Lord of life.
We live in a fallen world and not one of us is exempt from the difficulties and tragedies that stalk the path of every person that is born into this fallen race. But through this beautiful truth, God is giving us a tiny glimpse into the eternal ages to come, when the old order is done away with, and God establishes a new heaven, and a new earth, under His perfect rule of law.
The day is coming when the Lord Himself, will live with men – and they will be His people and He will be their God. This will be a day when all wrongs are put right. Joy will replace sorrow, and God Himself will dry every teardrop. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will no longer be any death. There will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have passed away.”
The Lord knows the deepest pain that sears the heart of His people and we are told in Psalm 56 that, “The Lord puts all my tears into His bottle.” He treasures the tears that His people shed in this world, for they witness many evils and have to endure much persecution and pain for the sake of Christ. But the tears of His people are precious to the Lord, for they are sharing in Christ’s suffering and pain.
Jesus was despised and rejected when He came to earth as the sacrifice for sin. He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with the same grief and agony that we often have to undergo. But He also faced the agony of the cross on our account, to gain the victory over sin and Satan, death and hell. What a blessed truth… that a day is coming where every tear will be dried by our precious Saviour, because of His sacrifice… “and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain – for the first things have passed away.”
Because of His sacrifice, we are promised that there will be no weeping in heaven, and death and destruction will be swallowed up in victory. Because of Christ’s offering of Himself, we are able to rise up into newness of life, where pain and sorrow will flee away – what a wonderful day that will be!
There are those who consider that saints who have wasted opportunities in life, strayed far from the Saviour during their earthly walk, failed to grow in grace, and remained stunted in their Christian development, through indifference or carnality, will be overcome with remorse and grief.. as they shed tears for their failures. But it has been pointed out that the emphasis in this passage is on the comfort of God towards His people and not the remorse of the saints for their loss of reward.
A day is already set, in the council chambers of heaven, when God will wipe away all tears. And that is a day that we will all witness. But never forget that in this world of sickness and sin, hardship and pain we have a Saviour, Who understands the gaping grief behind each welling tear-drop that blurs our vision today and cuts deep into the heart of our soul.
Never forget that we have God’s indwelling Spirit of comfort, Who is with us the moment each solitary tear-drop starts to dampen our lashes. Jesus came to heal the broken-hearted and set the captive free and His Holy Spirit understands – He knows, He loves, and He cares for each one of us, so draw closer to His arms of comfort, and trust in His love today, for a day is coming where there will no longer be any mourning, crying, or pain.
We may not understand why we have to endure some of the things in life that cause such heart-ache and pain, but let us never forget that His eternal perspective is broader than our restricted view
We may not understand why we have to endure some of the things in life that cause such heart-ache and pain, but let us never forget that His eternal perspective is not seen with our own eyes or the eyes of others by God’s sacrifice of his only son that day on the cross he created a covenant and promise to all
“Because of His sacrifice, we are promised that there will be no weeping in heaven, and death and destruction will be swallowed up in victory.” He has created a tire city of peace and joy and happiness that we will not have to remember all the wrongs of earth done to others or done to us as ourselves we will be in a state of bliss and great joy with God himself
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