And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and 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)
The last book of the Bible gives us a glimpse of the future God has in store for his children — an eternal future without grief and sorrow! This is possible because Jesus Christ has defeated Satan, and has borne God’s wrath for our sins. So, when sin is no more and the punishment for sin has been borne, its consequences will no longer exist either. They will “pass away”. Everything will be restored to the perfection of God’s initial creation. It will be “very good” again. Or even better than it has ever been, since God will dwell with man. Think about that!
Living eternally in God’s presence leaves no room for sorrow and grief. In his presence there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11).
The only ‘prerequisite’ for entering this glorious future, is putting your trust in Jesus as your Lord and asking Him to forgive your sins. “Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
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