NO TEARS IN HEAVEN
Ronald S. Arnold’s hymn “No Tears In Heaven” is a favorite of many people. He captured well the thoughts and promises revealed in Revelation 21:4. “And God will wipe away 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.” These inspired words stand in sharp contrast to life as we know it. This knowledge is gained not simply by reading what others say, but also, by what each one of us experiences. None of us have to live very many years before we long for brighter days and better times.
“We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (I Corinthians 5:10). Every soul is accountable to God, and the heavenly Father “has committed all judgment to the Son” (John 5:22). Jesus Christ possesses authority and power to execute judgment because He is the Son of God.
All Men Will Be Raised
The resurrection of the dead is a fundamental tenet of Christianity. Its reality is both revealed and defended in the New Testament. Believers in Jesus Christ are assured that the resurrection is true because the Lord Himself was raised up on the third day after being brutally executed by Roman crucifixion (Luke 24:6-7; I Corinthians 15:4).
Jesus Rose Again The Third Day
“If Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!” argued the apostle Paul in defense of the gospel (I Corinthians 15:17). True Christianity stands or falls on the whether or not Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. IF He was not resurrected, THEN He is not the Son of God because the power of the resurrection declares His Sonship (Romans 1:4). The gospel is a lie. And men have no hope because their sins still alienate them from their holy God and Creator.
Jesus In The Old Testament
A student of God’s word can read about Jesus Christ throughout the pages of the Old Testament. God truly did choose salvation and sanctification in Christ before the foundation of the world (cf. Eph. 1:4). The Father purposed that all things would be fulfilled in His Son. Jesus Himself said, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill” (Matt. 5:17).