“God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4).
When the first humans rebelled against God, this had dramatic consequences. Just as the Lord had warned them beforehand, their sin led to pain and death. “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Ever since then, suffering has been part of human life. Moses even complains: “The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble” (Psalm 90:10).
When Jesus Christ paid for all of humanity’s sin, He also conquered death as the consequence of sin. He fulfilled God’s promise in Isaiah 25:8, that the Lord would “swallow up death forever”, and would “wipe away tears from all faces”. All those horrible effects of brokenness and sin — mourning, crying, pain — will be no more in His glorious future.
What a joy it must be to live like that, together with all fellow believers, forever and ever! Eternal life with God is correctly called “paradise”!
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