Devotion and Prayer for Week of April 28, 2013

Meditation for the week of April 28, 2013

  

“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

 

The Bible verse above is taken from Revelation, the last book of the Bible.  The book of Revelation is often considered a strange and confusing book, hard to understand.  The important thing to know about Revelation is that this book is meant to strengthen and build up Christians in difficult times.  Revelation contains words of comfort and encouragement to Christians as they struggle in this sinful world against much evil and many troubles.  In Revelation God assures believers that His Son Jesus Christ, crucified and glorified, now reigns as Lord, and that Christ is coming soon to crush forever Satan, death, and all the effects of sin.  So, even though we must now experience much pain and all sorts of grief and sadness in this world, we have God’s assurance that it will be over in a short time.  Because of all that Christ has done for us in His life, death, and resurrection, something better is just around the corner for us who believe.

God really means for each of us to take this firmly to heart and to believe it.  God does not lie, and He was not lying when He caused the author of Revelation to say that, “death shall be no more.”  Death’s days really are numbered; it’s true.  Before long, we who trust for salvation in Jesus Christ will be with God, raised from our graves and living forever.  We know it will happen, for it was already proven ahead of time in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead which we have been celebrating this Easter!  After Jesus rose, He never died again, nor will He ever.  For Jesus, death truly is no more.  And for us who are already alive to God through our Baptism into Christ, even our physical death will finally be overcome on the Day when Jesus returns.  We will be raised to live with God forever.

The Bible teaches these things so that people like us may believe them and trust confidently in them.  God means for each of us to find our comfort in His promises.  He wants us to live with the certainty that, because of Jesus, all the tears we shed today will ultimately be wiped away and replaced with gladness.  The grief and mourning of this present time will finally give way to singing, because of Jesus.  So be glad this Easter and every day.  Jesus by His resurrection brings us joy that shall last forever.

 

Our Weekly Prayer

Lord Jesus, though today I must weep, I know that tomorrow my eyes shall look upon You and be glad.  Thank You for redeeming a poor sinner such as me!  Amen.