And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 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.”
The great and amazing promise of the Bible is that, through Jesus, God is remaking the world in His image. One day, all evil of every kind will be fully eradicated from the world. The world in its current form is passing away and moving toward a world where there is no pain or death.
At the close of his vision, John saw the new heaven and new earth, along with the new Jerusalem, where God’s people will dwell with Him forever. Short on words, John described this new holy city as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. A great scriptural promise God made repeatedly, especially in connection with the New Covenant, was that they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God (see Jer. 31:33; 32:38; 2 Cor. 6:16). Now His promise finds perfect fulfillment.
In Revelation 21:4, the heavenly voice noted five more evil things of the old order that exist no longer—every tear, death, grief, crying, and pain. These are things we experience now because of sin’s impact on our world. But when the old passes away, evil will be gone as well. As followers of Jesus, we know that the problem of evil will be solved upon His return. Oh, how we long for that day.
- What evil can you not wait to see done away with in the world to come? How does this hope lead you to praise God in the present?
- How should the hope of heaven motivate us to live today?
- Praise God for fully removing the curse of sin and death.