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.

Many things probably come to mind when you think of heaven. Not all of those images are biblical, but we can be certain there is an overall and overwhelming peace. The reality of what it will mean to be fully and completely in the presence of God is impossible to grasp. Nothing will inhibit us from dwelling with God in person.

John reminds us of the hope of heaven, a needed reminder in our day and age. Not only will we be with God, and not only will we live with Him forever, but we will no longer experience the pain, mourning, and death of this world. Death entered our world because of sin, and we have lived in that broken reality ever since. But in the new heaven and new earth, death will be no more. Grief will be no more. Loss and pain and sorrow will be no more. Our tears will be wiped away for good. And while we remain on this side of heaven, often experiencing the pangs of sin and death around us and within us, we trust in the reality that it will not always be the case. As Sally Lloyd-Jones says, “Everything sad has come untrue.”

As we have seen throughout the Scriptures, from David to the New Testament followers, God’s promise in the midst of our mourning is always His presence. He comforts us by coming near. And when we meet Him face to face—when we dwell with Him forever —His full and unadulterated presence will be our eternal comfort.

● Do you need to be reminded this week of the hope of heaven? What tears and grief and sadness do you need God to wipe away and make new?

● Thank God for the fact that He will make all things new. Remember the coming hope of eternity with Him when death will be no more.