[CF Devotionals] 2009-07-11 - Tears in Heaven: 1

Revelation 7:17, “For the Lamb in the center of the throne shall be their Shepherd, and shall guide them to springs of the water of life; and God shall wipe every tear from their eyes.”

Will there be tears in Heaven? It is a sweeping thought. We have a parallel verse in Revelation 21:1, “And He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” It seems that crying, suffering, pain, tears, are not a part of the experience of Heaven without consolation. God shall wipe the tears of His children away. It seems from these passages that there will be some experience of tears in Heaven, or there would be no need for them to be wiped away. We may come to Heaven with tears, but they will be wiped away. We may come with sighing and sorrow, but they will flee away. Jesus takes away our sins, but Jesus does not take away the trials and sorrows that come because of sin.

We all know that physical pain, death, and crosses of life are all part of the experience of the child of God. We know it because we experience these things. We have the same bodies with the same arms, legs and internal workings as those that deny or reject Christ. Our bodies are subject to, without the return of Christ, the inevitability of death. It is part of the warning given to Adam. “In the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die,” Genesis 2:17. We are all, by nature children of Adam, and as He was our representative, when he sinned, we sinned in him. The fact that all who have lived before us are subject to the same fulfillment of the same promise – eat of this tree and you die – means that even the child of God will also die at some point. Sin brought mortality, the first death. The Christian, by God’s grace, escapes the second death. In addition, everyone, child of God or rebel, experiences the losses and hammerings of this life. The Christian goes to the gates of Heaven with all this. He/she goes there with tears.

The blessed promise is that God wipes those tears away from our eyes. It is God that removes every speck, grain, and iota of grief from us. He does this partially, even now. He manifests the love of Christ in our hearts by His Spirit indwelling us. He gives us joy in our sorrow, comfort in our pain, solace in our desperate times. The Lord does this even now. The Lord does take away our present sorrows, or existing stings, at this moment. We come for shelter under the wings of the almighty. Psalm 91 is a precious Psalm of promise to many. How does it begin? “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” We live in the shelter of the Most High God. We abide in His grace and mercy. Let us think on His love unto us. Let us consider His fresh, daily supplies of grace. Let us remember that today we can come seeking refuge under the shadow of the Almighty. His protection, care, and divine providence in our lives are a present help to us. There will come a day when our tears will be wiped away by the Lord Himself. It may be true that there are tears in Heaven, but they will not be our experience after God Himself has wiped them away. We will then know His perfect peace, and the emptiness, hurting, and sin that brought on our tears will be gone, because God will have wiped them all away.

Soli Deo Gloria,

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