There is a great movie entitled, “Love’s Enduring Promise,” by Janette Oak. In this movie she makes mention of a promise we have concerning Heaven. This film takes place back in the days of horses and buggies and days when one moved across country, it could take months to arrive and one might never see their family again. In the end she marries a guy who wants to go west to begin a ranch. As they are leaving and everyone is heartbroken, she reminds them of the promise and says, “no tears.”
This past week, I have been reminded of this great promise. The promise of Heaven where the Lord will wipe away all our tears, where we will never have to say goodbye to our friends or families and where most importantly we will never be separated from the Lord’s presence because of sin. Revelation 21:3-4 says, “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their god. 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.”
We live in a broken, sinful world, where pain exist, where troubles come and were we are separated from those we love. Yet, one day, one glorious day, this old, broken, sinful world will be wiped away and the Lord will make all things new! He will establish a new heaven and a new earth, where we will no longer need the sun nor the moon for the Lord’s glory will shine ever bright. It will be a most perfect place, a place sin can not enter, a place heartache is absent from, a place of joy, peace, and love.
Yet, even now as I write this, I can think of many I know who aren’t ready for this day. Those who now are walking in darkness, whose sins separate them from the Lord and the hope of Heaven. The Bible says, “Behold now is the accepted time, behold, now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).” Salvation is so much more than the promise of Heaven, it is so much more than believing Jesus died and rose again. It is a personal, intimate relationship with Abba Father, who adopts us into His family through the precious blood of Jesus (Romans 8:15).
The truth is one day, this old world will pass away and all that is in it. We who belong to Jesus not because of anything we have done, but because of His blood, will inherit the Kingdom of God. We will be apart of this new heaven and new earth were sickness, death, heartache and all problems can not enter. It will indeed be a wonderful day!
Yet, until then may we be faithful to tell the Good News of Jesus to those still walking in darkness and may we hang on to the hope we have in Jesus.