The World of No Tears

J. D. Conley
March 29, 2015

The loving apostle John penned these comforting words, "...and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes..." (Rev.7:17). Wondrous is the mere thought of living in a world of no tears. It scarcely can be imagined because the world in which we live now is tear saturated. Sorrow opens tear ducts. Sickness and pain cause tears to flow. When death robs us of a loved one, tears stream down our cheeks. Crying over the debilitating effects sin has had in our life (Mt.5:4), or in the lives of others, can cause tears to trickle out.

But in heaven, the world of no tears, sin will not be there, (Rev.21:27). Thus a world of no sin means a world of no tears. This fact alone is a powerful motivation for us to strive mightily to traverse the pearly threshold.

Later on John expands on 7:17 adding "...and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away" (Rev.21:4). The world of no tears necessitates a world bereft of death, sorrow, crying and pain. Each of these things bring on tears in this world of entrenched wickedness (lJn.5:19). Yet, we are promised in the celestial life to come, all of these tear inducing elements will be a thing of the past. How glorious to think that all of the things that render heart breaking sadness will never afflict us again! Just knowing what will not be in heaven, is reason enough to want to go there.

But when we couple what won't be there, with what will be there, our desire for eternal life is compounded. Just the mere absence of ugliness, viz., sin and it's by-products of tears, death, sorrow, crying, sickness, etc., will enhance heaven's beauty. Yet, John by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, underscores the splendor of heaven. He describes a city of pure gold with the appearance of clear glass, jasper walls, jewel encrusted foundations, a street of pure gold, twelve gates of pearl, etc., (cf. Rev.21). Not only will the world of no tears be beautifully adorned, it will also be beautifully inhabited by all the redeemed, the angelic host, the four composite beasts, and the Godhead: the Father, the Son (Lamb) and the Holy Spirit.

Being acquainted with the tears of this world should compel us to "press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Phi.3:14), which is eternal life, in the world of no tears.