The book of Revelation used to really scare me, it is all quite literally a bit end of the worldy! The idea of a life to come after death is comforting, but the reality as described in Revelation has animals covered in eyes and actual monsters. But then when we’re faced with the possibility of end of the world- I don’t actually think we’re in the midst of the apocalypse, but a global pandemic sure feels like it right?- it doesn’t necessarily seem quite as scary.
And then we read verse like Revelation 21: 3-4…
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.”
God’s promises are sure. We are reassured in our grief that God will wipe away every tear from our eyes. But more than that, we are promised there will be a time when there is no more crying, no more pain and no more death. Jesus has beaten death and in eternity with God, the shadows of our grief will be a mere memory.
Now I don’t know about you, but that isn’t a scary end of the world.