THANK GOD – NO MORE PAIN                                  Revelation 21:1-7

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.” (v4)

When we see what pain when guided by God can accomplish, then we will forever thank Him for it. At the threshold of another year, we cannot guarantee that there will be no more pain because we live in an uncertain and fallen world. But we can be confident that our God can not only lead us through the pain but we can know Him as the God of all comfort in it.

Our last thought, however, must be this one day we will live for ever in a pain-free world. In today’s reading, John lists what will be missing in heaven and in the text chosen for today he tells us that among other things “there will be no more –pain.” God’s great handkerchief of love will be taken out and will wipe every tear from our eyes – and never again will pain be present in our souls. The reason for this, of course, is that all the causes of pain will be removed – death, disappointment, reflection, loneliness, emotional deprivation and so on. We will have a joyful and pain-free existence in the presence of our Saviour for all eternity. What a wondrous prospect. Many a person has told me that in the midst of their pain and suffering they have found great comfort in this fact.

PRAYER LINE: “O day of rest and triumph, delay not your downing. Let the angels be sent forth soon to gather the effect. Let the promises be fulfilled which bear in their train all the matchless glories.” Even so, come Lord Jesus. Amen. (EDWJ)

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Jesus has removed the pain.

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