Scripture: Revelation 21:4 NASB “It’ll Just Be Heaven”
” . . . and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4
The worst things I can imagine in life have to do with death. If there was no death, wouldn’t that relieve an awful lot of suffering in the world?
In the eternal state that we see in Revelation 21, there is no death. The thief who comes only to kill, and steal, and destroy is not around any more at this point. He’s been thrown in the Lake of Fire (cf. Rev. 20:10). Death and the holding tank for the unsaved dead, Hades, are also tossed in the Lake of Fire to burn forever (Rev. 20:14).
All things that cause bad relationships will be banished so there won’t be any mourning, crying or pain. Joyful Jesus will wipe any tear from our eyes. There won’t be tears in Heaven as the song has said. Someone said there is no crying in baseball but there will be no tears in Heaven. In fact, there probably won’t be any baseball! No one will be crying because no one will be losing!
Pure joy! It may be hard to imagine but that is what is described as the norm of life for believers in Heaven.
Sometimes when I get really depressed and think that things will never get better, I cheer myself up by thinking of how I’ll probably feel the next day. I’m usually cheerful the next day and wonder how I could have felt so bad the day before. That’s what the devil wants us to do, lose hope and think that things will never get better. But this verse says that no matter how bad we might feel on a given day, some day we will live in perfect joy.
If you’re feeling down today, think of how tomorrow everything may be completely different. And if they’re not, think of how someday you will be so happy that you won’t remember any pain, suffering, or problems on earth.
If you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!
I had a professor that was a mentor for me. He said something I thought was pretty interesting one time. Well, more than once. He was my mentor after all. But one time he said he thought we wouldn’t remember anything negative in Heaven. In fact, he didn’t think we would remember our lives down here at all. That was an astonishing statement.
Recently, I asked him about it to make sure I had heard him right. He said it was an inference from Scripture and that he might be wrong but it made sense to him. It makes sense to me, too. Paul said, “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead” (Phil. 3:13). Even God says He won’t remember our sins (cf. Jer. 31:34; Heb. 8:12, 10:17).
So if Paul forgot his previous sins and God forgets our sins, will we be able to remember our sinful lives on earth?
It’s certainly something to think about. If you’re concerned that we won’t won’t recognize our loved ones in Heaven, I’d just say that God can work that all out.
It’s good to think that somehow there will nothing but joy in Heaven whatever that means. And it probably means we won’t remember any of our sin down here.
To think about that, for me, is a blessing.
I think it will be for you, too.
So think about it!
The purpose of Choose Life is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: A City From A Hill