Let’s WAIT for a REUNION of ‘ETERNAL BLESSEDNESS’
December 31 Bible Reading: Revelation Chapters 19-22
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." (Rev. 21:3-4)
As we come to the end of the Bible and the book of Revelation, we can understand that New Jerusalem will be the eternal capital of God’s eternal heavenly kingdom, and will function as the focal point of worship and all activity for all eternity. As per God’s eternal plan, the heavens and the earth will be totally renewed (v. 1; 2 Pet. 3:10, 11) in order to provide a continuing residence for the entire human race forever. Finally, the unhindered and unending relationship between God and humankind (that God has always desired people to enjoy) will become a reality. He will dwell among His cleansed people, and they will experience an intimate fellowship with Him. This is the supreme blessing of the New Jerusalem!
The reality that God will dwell among His people is the fulfillment of His earlier promise that He will dwell among His redeemed people: "Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them" (Rev. 7:15). God dwelling among His people was the purpose of the tabernacle of old (see Exo. 25:8). We can also recall that Jesus “became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14) when He became Immanuel (“God with us” – Matt. 1:23). A primary purpose of redemption will then be accomplished: the complete fellowship of God with His redeemed people. God will finally dwell with His children in an unbroken fellowship, and there will be no change in this eternal state of bliss!
During this state of eternal blessedness, God will compassionately wipe away all tears, as all sorrow, death, and pain will end forever. This is a final reversal of the curse (in Genesis 3), and all the effects of sin will be obliterated once and forever. When God dwells with humanity, He Himself will tenderly remove every sorrow and pain just as He has promised (see Rev. 7:17). According to the theologian Biederwolf, God will constitute things in such a manner that no more tears will ever be shed by anyone. All the causes of our sorrow and mourning will be eradicated forever!
As we end one more glorious year today, let us draw near to God - even in our pain and sorrow - as we reinforce our faith in His promises regarding our glorious future. God sees our tears and will comfort us even today when we draw close to Him (see 1 Cor. 1:3-5). Let us look forward to dwelling with God in heaven (“New Jerusalem”) and enjoying His presence for all eternity. Let us constantly look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2), and reflect on His ‘covenant of peace’ that He will surely fulfill one day in the not-too-distant future. Let’s wait for a reunion of eternal blessedness! What a glorious future we will have! Hallelujah!