The Redeemed

A wonderful eternity is planned for the redeemed people of God as explained in Revelation 21:1-7 (WEB) which says,

1) I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth have passed away, and the sea is no more. 2) I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband. 3) I heard a loud voice out of heaven saying, "Behold, God’s dwelling is with people, and 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. Death will be no more; neither will there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more. The first things have passed away." 5) He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." He said, "Write, for these words of God are faithful and true." 6) He said to me, "I have become the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give freely to him who is thirsty from the spring of the water of life. 7) He who overcomes, I will give him these things. I will be his God, and he will be my son."

I am particularly drawn to the fact that Heaven will be a new order, a new arrangement of things.  The trials of this life have calloused us to our pitiful condition as we comfort one another with melodramatic words and thin encouragement such as "no pain, no gain."  However, God is not cruel like we might be tempted to think at times.  Instead he is a loving Heavenly Father and the brief trials and pain we endure in this life only serve his good purpose.  It certainly is not weak to look forward to the day when all pain and mourning are finally taken away.  I look forward to the day when we stand with the Lord in glory with every tear wiped away.  What a glad day when our Sonship and inheritance is crowned in glory and sin and brokenness are removed forever for all God's people!

I can hardly wait to be there with you.  Will you be there with me?  What do you say?