Today’s Bible passage calls us to reflect on the fulfillment of God’s kingdom and life after death.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away. Revelation 21:4
How does this promise encourage you?
How do you feel about this description of eternal life?
The verse is part of a wonderful passage from the last book of the Bible, the Book of Revelation. Read the whole passage it comes from and in your mind imagine the place the passage describes. (Revelation 21. 1-7)
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
‘See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.’
And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ Then he said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.
Dwell in your prayer and imagination on this vision of the new Jerusalem and be inspired by it as your hope and destiny. Pray that some of its qualities may now be found in your life and on earth today.