by John Michalak
He will wipe away from them every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; neither will there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more. The first things have passed away.
John 11:35 says that, “Jesus wept.” He wept because his good friend, Lazarus, had died. Jesus felt deeply the pain of that loss. But amidst His pain, His plan was to declare a future comfort. Jesus would raise Lazarus from the dead, revealing the promise that one day, death will be no more.
Today, we also weep for those who have died. And the promise that death will one day end can be hard to believe when death is all around us. But the God who makes this promise doesn’t do so from on high, never having experienced pain and mourning. He’s experienced it. He died himself to seal the promise of death’s demise.
And that’s why—just as when our mother or father wiped the tears from our eyes when we experienced pain—so can we receive the comfort of Jesus. Not just a future comfort at the end of all things, but a comfort in the midst our present grief, from this God who knows how it feels to mourn the loss of those we love.
The same God who feels your pain, promises a day when pain will be no more. Even today, Jesus will weep with you if you let him. And He can comfort you like no other.