“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. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. 5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:1-5)
“The Bible tells us that God makes use of grief in this life for His glorious purposes and our good. While no one cheerfully invites grief, the Bible tells us on several accounts that grief in the life of the Christian is a good thing. For starters, grief is good when it is over sin (Ps. 51:3–4). Second, grief is good when it leads us to repentance (2 Cor. 7:9). And of particular interest to me is that grief is good when it awakens in us our longings for heaven and the final consummation where Christ promises to make all things new (Rev. 21:1–5).” Pastor Anthony Carter
The Apostle John, in today’s text, not only indicates the Lord saying that He will make all things new, but also that He will wipe every tear from the believers eyes, there will be no more death, no mourning, crying and no more pain. What God is communicating through the apostle is transcendent truth. It is an eternal reality in heaven which eclipses the temporary reality we are currently experiencing on this earth. God’s Word is eternal and when the believer in Christ fixes their life upon it, then they can withstand everything on this earth, which is temporary.
However, please understand that the current, secular culture attacks everything that is eternal. In other words, the world attacks God and His truth. God’s transcendent truth should lead me to trust in the transcendent God who communicates and reveals truth. I can depend, commit and rely upon the Lord, even in the midst of grief and grieving.
Psalm 119:89-96 says, “Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants. If your law had not been my delight I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life. I am yours; save me, for I have sought your precepts. The wicked lie in wait to destroy me, but I consider your testimonies. I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commandment is exceedingly broad.”
The psalmist reveals the trust in the transcendent God and His transcendent truth leads the believer in Christ through temporary afflictions, uncertainties and adversities. Therefore, the resulting grief caused by those temporary afflictions, uncertainties and adversities will be eclipsed by the joy of God’s eternity.
Another way of saying that the believer in Christ is to rely on the transcendent God who reveals transcendent truth is to turn our eyes upon Jesus. They hymn writer, Helen H. Lemmel, expressed it this way.
- O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
- Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
o’er us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conqu’rors we are!
- His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!
May the Lord’s truth and grace be found here.
Soli deo Gloria!