“And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; 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. 21:3-5.
As the old gospel song states, “What a Day That Will Be.” God dwelling with us. He states it twice in one verse. But hold on a minute, we don’t have to wait to have Him with us. “I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Gal. 2:20. Did you catch that? Christ lives in the believer. We see dimly through a veil now, but one day we will see Him face to face. This is our purifying hope. For now, “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” 1John 1:3.
When Christ returned to the Father, He didn’t leave us without comfort to face days of sadness or pain alone. As He spoke to His disciples, He speaks to us: “…I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” John 16:7. “Nevertheless God, that comforteth those who are cast down, comforted us…” 2Cor. 7:6. “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1Peter 5:7
Even the fear of death has been taken from us. The curse sin brought to us is broken in the death of Jesus Christ. “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Rom. 6:23. “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse…Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Gal. 3:10a, 13-14.”
“And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” 1John 1:4.
We have to wait a little longer to experience completely the fullness of God and escape the presence of sin and its effect on this world, but we don’t have to wait to experience the fullness of joy His salvation brings. Let’s rejoice and be glad as we worship together this weekend.
Praying the joy of the Lord is your strength.