“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
Many people have experienced the pain and discomfort of a broken bone. They need to get it reset, and then put in a cast, and then perhaps go through physical therapy. The bone was designed to help us get around, but it broke, creating much pain and inconvenience.
When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, they set off a series of unfortunate consequences that we feel to this day. We go to work each day, but have to wrestle with “thorns and thistles” and other annoyances. We get sick and need time to heal. As we age, we must deal with the effects of age, and they seem to grow worse with every passing year. Women bear children in pain, and rearing them often comes with grief. So many problems, and so much pain. When will it all end?
When God cursed the earth, He also took immediate steps to reverse that curse. One day He will completely remove it (Revelation 21:4; 22:3), and the entire universe will once again live in sync with God’s will. Nature will cooperate fully with man, and God will remove all things that offend or cause pain (Revelation 22:15). Because of sin, we live in a cursed world. But God will soon remove the curse when He comes in glory with all His saints.
When faced with a cursed world, the believer has a distinct advantage. First, God has begun to remove the curse within. Our souls, once alienated from God, have been brought near to Him by Christ’s death (Ephesians 2:13). God then sent His Spirit into our souls as a foretaste of the glory to be revealed (2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:14).
Secondly, God will raise up our bodies so that they no longer grow weak with age or die (Romans 8:11). We will no longer feel any physical pain or the ill effects of aging. Moreover, God will give us bodies suitable to eternal life, a body like Christ’s (Philippians 3:20-21).
Finally, God will reverse the curse on the earth. To this hour, the earth groans under the curse, waiting for final deliverance (Romans 8:22).
As we ponder these promises and truths, let’s look forward to them by serving God and living for Him each day. Jesus will soon return, bringing His reward with Him (Revelation 22:12).
Posted on Fri, August 5, 2016
by Sam Petitfils