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." Rev21:4
I’ve always held that every time a pagan dies/gets cancer/goes through a divorce/experiences tragedy in this life, then so does a child of God so that folks can see the difference. It only serves to reason that since we’re all in this mess together, as it relates to life in this dimension… it just happens. We’re told that the rain falls on all of us… good, bad, and ugly. Barring the return of Christ during our human life, that’s 100% true, right down to the stopping of these hearts of flesh. So… will pain and death actually disappear for good some day?
When my dad died, the very last thing he did was to explain the Gospel of Christ to a cardiac intensive care nurse. God saved her on the spot. She had just listened to Dad’s surgeon tell him that “We’re doing the only thing we know to do at this point, and the odds of success are not very promising.” He died on the table that day. It may seem strange to you, but nothing about that sequence of events surprises me now. Dad knew that what awaited him was victory over death. As I listened to him that morning, comforting Mom and the rest of us, it dawned on me… Dad was more concerned about those of us he left behind than he was about death itself. At the time, that was more weird to me than it is now. As I get closer to the end of my flesh, it’s becoming easier to see the finish line… and eternity. As the pride and indifference melts away, my vision gets clearer. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t “arrived”, but things are better as I become more willing to accept Jesus’ love and discipline and as I spend more time with him.
Daily Battle Order:
Do you believe there will one day be “no more death, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain…”? Christ conquered death on the cross, and you can believe it just as sure as you are reading this. Pray for God to give you assurance of victory over death. He will give you that assurance. “The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.