No More! No More!

Read: Revelation 21:1-5

Recently I was asked the question, “What are you looking forward to the most in eternity?”  That question caused me to think seriously about something I had not considered before. Sure, I have thought about all the great things that eternity in heaven will present to those who believe in and follow Jesus, but what if I had to choose one thing that I am most looking forward to?

In scripture we hear about the streets of gold (Rev. 21:21), the place that has been prepared for us (John 14:2), and the thousands of loud voices that will worship Jesus (Rev. 5:11-12). As the Christian Group Mercy Me sings, “I can only imagine when that day comes, when I find myself standing in the Son.”  But the longer I thought about this question the clearer it became to me.  I know exactly what I am looking forward to the most in eternity.

The answer is found in Isaiah 25:8 and Revelation 21:4-5 when it speaks of the New Heaven and a New Earth.  It 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… I am making everything new… Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Yes, I am looking so forward to the wonderful things of heaven that we will enjoy together eternally, but most of all I am looking forward to these “No More’s.”  When these verses say “No More” they are referring to more than just death, mourning, crying, and pain. They are also saying “No More” to every struggle, addiction, wounded relationship, illness, trial, and other dark corner of this fallen world.  Thanks to Jesus we can find deliverance from these things now in this life, but thanks be to God that someday they will all be no more.

Make it Personal:  Jesus came to earth and died on the cross so that we (you) can find redemption from the dark corners of this world in the here and now.  If you take your struggle, addiction, wounded relationship, illness, trial, or anything else to him, Jesus can and will deliver you from it.  Someday in heaven they will all be no more, but why wait, let Jesus take it from you now.


Have a great week, Pastor Glen Rhodes