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“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away”
 
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.
 
There will be no more crying in Heaven. There will not even be one tear [singular]. No one will cry in Heaven. We cry when we experience pain. We cry in regret. There will be crying in Hell (Matthew 25:30).
 
“So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory”
O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?’” (1 Corinthians 15:54-55).
 
That ominous fear of death will be gone. There will not be any funeral homes in Heaven. We will not experience sorrow or grief in Heaven. We will watch no hearse go down the streets of glory because Jesus defeated death.
All of us have faced many varieties of sorrows. Look at just the grief of your own life. Has one of your parents died yet? Have you lost a child? Jesus was a man of sorrows.
“He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him” (Isaiah 53:3).
There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
Pain of any category will not exist in this new creation. All the problems of this present life will pass away. All mental pain will disappear. We will not need Anacin.
The words “have passed away” indicate that we will never deal with these things again.
Principle:
God will completely transform us from our present attitudes and orientation.
Application:
We’ll notice striking differences when we get to Heaven. God will wipe away each and every tear. No one will cry. God will take out His handkerchief and personally deal with our sorrow. None of us can get through this life without tears. God keeps a record of our tears.
“You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book?” (Psalm 56:8).
We sing the hymn, “Does Jesus Care?” He sure does. He wants to take our burdens (1 Peter 5:7). In Heaven, He will take away every burden for all eternity.
Death does not daunt the Christian. Paul greeted death with anticipation. Death in Paul’s mind was “gain” [success].
“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better” (Philippians 1:21-23).
When we attend a funeral, our Christian loved one is not in that casket. They are long gone. All that remains is a shell. They go instantaneously into the presence of the Lord. There is a massive difference between the funeral of a Christian and a non-Christian. We do not grieve for them; we grieve for ourselves because we will miss them. We will not experience sorrow in Heaven. There will be no broken hearts there.
“We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).
Death is a reality for all of us unless God should rapture us. We need to make sure that we have an eternal life policy. Are you ready?
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