“…and He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”
- Revelation 7:15 - 17
“Then I John saw the Holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them’, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and He their God. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
- Revelation 21:2 - 4
I was taught that while all scripture is true, the point to this passage is that people will experience great sorrow for the things that they have done wrong. The transgressions will be overwhelming and they will cry for their sin. The people will experience great remorse for the things that they have done, said and thought that were contrary to God’s law. As I said, this may well be true and I cannot dispute it. All I can say is that ALL scripture is true.
Let me offer another alternative that may also be true about this passage. Imagine if you will, that you no longer have to experience pain, suffering, sorrow, fear, anxiety, death nor crying for ANY reason. Imagine that you are no longer limited by your fleshly body. No longer subject to temptation or sin. No longer having to deal with the maintenance and upkeep on a perishable body. No longer having to deal with the process of dying or disease. Hospitals, doctors, shots and pills are no longer required. Would that elicit a reaction from you? Would that reaction involve tears of joy?
So many times we can only think of the negative when in reality, there are other explanations that may be true. We know that the Bible is true but our view and understanding of the words used may be skewed or incorrect. We may view scripture as negative when in actuality it may be positive. This is one of those passages. The Bible tells us to let the Holy Spirit guide us into ALL truth rather than leaning on our own understanding, this may well be an example.