I am enjoying my Twitter account. Most of the time. Sometimes I must admit it almost makes me throw my iPhone across the room, but such is the nature of politics in 2018. But then there are those moments (usually apolitical tweets) which cause me to pause, think, reevaluate what I’ve assumed to be true. Let me share an example.
One of the fascinations of heaven is the concept that there will be no more tears once we get there. We want that to mean that there will no longer be any moments of heartbreak or sadness or grief once we enter the golden gates. But is that what the Bible really says? Think about it. We assume the Bible says, “There will be no more tears in Heaven.” Does it?
Here is what it really says. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4). Now, read it again. We cling to that “no more…crying” part but miss the “He will wipe every tear from their eyes” part. There are tears. At least initially. And what happens to with those tears?
What we have in Revelation is a picture of a very intimate relationship with God. His hands touch the face of each individual child, removing every tear from your cheek. That seems to be the point. There will be a closeness in our walk with God that if a tear is shed, He will come and wipe it away.
Think about it. Who wipes a tear from someone else’s eye? Someone in a close relationship with that person. For a young child, that usually means a parent, especially when that knee just got skinned. It is holy ground to sit beside someone as they cry. To wipe away a tear speaks of a level of closeness — of intimacy — in a relationship. And when we understand that concept, we understand one of the rich beauties of heaven. Our relationship with God will so intimate that God Himself will be the One to wipe away our tear.
Heaven is a lot of things. No death. No suffering. No funeral homes. But just as important is this beautiful picture of an intimate God who comes alongside and wipes away a tear. That’s a powerful picture of heaven.
Jesus said, “Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you… Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven” (Luke 6:21-23).
The hope of heaven is real and deep. And one of the best snapshots we get of that is a God who knows us so well and is so available to us that He will come and wipe every tear-stained cheek. Every cheek. Every tear. There is so much about heaven we do not understand. But when we get a glimpse behind the veil, what’s not to love about that place? You are right, nothing.