Revelation 21 Lesson

No tears in heaven!

Chapter 21 is one of the most encouraging chapters in the entire Bible!   It is not a chapter that one should read through quickly, without a lot of thought.

These are words to be remembered, shared, and treasured!

These words will get us through the hard times.These words will allow us to find hope in a lost world.  

These are the words of God, and they are full of joy, hope, peace, and inspiration!

As you read through the following verses, take your time, and really process what you are reading:

  • “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.  And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,  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 21:1-4.

Heaven is not a refreshing of things that we have already seen or experienced.   Heaven is totally new! And it is more beautiful than anything that we can imagine.

 John writes about the following:

  1. A new heaven!
  2. A new earth!
  3. A new Jerusalem!

In heaven, we will be in the presence of God and Jesus.

Imagine how awe-inspiring it will be to be in the presence of our Creator and our Savior!

In this New Jerusalem, there will no longer be:

  • Death,
  • Mourning,
  • Crying,
  • Or pain.

The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans:

  • "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us." - Romans 8:18.

All of this is exactly what Isaiah prophesied about when he wrote:

  • “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; for behold, I create a Jerusalem as a rejoicing, and her people a joy. - Isaiah 65:17-19.

The book of Isaiah was written almost 3,000 years ago!   Yet, nothing has changed.   God’s word is the same today, as it was yesterday, and will be tomorrow.

There is one final verse that we will look at today:

  • “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.   But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” – Revelation 21:7-8.

There is no need for a lot of commentary here.   God’s message is clear.   It is interesting, however, the words that God uses.   He says, “He who overcomes will inherit these things."   

What exactly do we need to overcome?

The answer is different for each one of us.   We all face adversity and struggles in this world.   The world can be a dark and dreary place if not for the hope that we have in Jesus.

We do not know what struggles God is going to allow us to experience, but we know there will be many.   The Bible tells us this. Suffering helps us become the people that God wants us to be.   We learn and grow from life’s hardships.

God also disciplines those whom He loves (Hebrews 12:6).

It does not matter WHAT we are struggling with.

What matters is HOW we are going to overcome it and finish the race we are called to run?  

If we follow Jesus, we will be fine.   We will be more than fine!   We will get to experience being in God’s presence for all of eternity!  

But if we abandon Jesus and follow the ways of the world, we will perish.

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following verse about overcoming life’s challenges:

“And not only this, but we also celebrate in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” – Romans 5:3-5.

For more studies on the topic of suffering, clink any of the links below:

Suffering

Suffering and comfort

Boldness and suffering

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John

And His grace allows us to be in God's favor, even though we could never earn that. All we need is the desire to follow Him and to be obedient to His commands. When we fall short, that's where the grace of Jesus saves us. That's why He is called our Savior.

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