"‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4 NIV
Have you ever noticed how the world is fascinated with the apocalypse? Countless books have been written and movies made about how it will happen and what follows. Most of these follow the same formula–some cosmic or natural event occurs, and much of the world is destroyed, but a remnant survives, learning to live without technology. Sound familiar?
But the book of Revelation isn't some work of fantasy and fiction but the truth of what happens when Christ returns. The one thing the works of fiction get right is it will be a significant event! It is a reboot to the beginning, a new Eden where the world is again balanced–the spiritual and physical united.
God will reign over heaven and earth, not as a tyrant but with true peace, justice, and righteousness. God will be here among us, like in the days of Eden when he walked in the Garden during the cool of the day. He will claim us as his people–not as subjects but as heirs–and we will joyfully claim him as our Lord.
All those hurtful things of our imperfect mortal world brought about by sin will be gone—no more pain, tears, or dying. There will be no temptation or wrong because Satan and his demons will be put in their place.
While others may despair of the future, we, as Christ's believers, take hope in his return. We anxiously await the day when all the hatred and foolishness or this world disappears, and everything becomes new.
Heaven Father, we thank you for the promise that you are making everything new. Even now, you are preparing for that day when you will send your Son. We joyously look forward to the new Eden where all death, mourning, crying, and pain are forever wiped away, replaced by your glory and our worship. Please grant us wisdom and courage until that day comes to life as your people. In this interim period, may we praise and glorify your holy name and be witnesses to others. We pray this in the name of our Triune God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.