Do you see the personal encounter this verse describes? This is no generic, sweeping, make-everyone-feel-better-at-the-same-time moment. We are not talking about God employing a colossal leaf blower on the multitudes around the throne, drying everyone’s faces in a massive crowd setting. “One… two… three… everyone’s tears all gone!” Uh-uh.
No, this is an exquisite, private encounter between Jesus Himself and you. Close your eyes and picture it. Gently, with utmost tenderness, He is touching your cheek. His own fingers move across your skin, wiping the tears away. He gazes into your eyes with indescribable love as He does this. This breathtaking moment has finally arrived:
“…Then we shall see face to face… then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known” (1 Cor. 13:12, NIV).
You and the One who loves you best, finally, finally face to face. Finally, you can set your own eyes on Him. Finally, you can know Him fully, just as He has known you fully all along. Finally, the moment has come.
And in that moment, you know… you know in your heart of hearts… to your deepest core, you know: sorrow and crying and pain are gone. Gone. Gone forever!
You know what? That personal encounter with Jesus is not going to be an isolated incident. You are not going to have to hang on another few hundred years for another turn with Him. You won’t be waiting around for Him to mingle with all the other millions of citizens of Heaven, until your name finally comes up on the docket again.
No. Instead, “face to face” will be constantly, and forever. If you have personal intimacy with Jesus here on earth, how much more so there, in Paradise! Do you have to wait for your “turn” to talk to Him now? Of course not. How much more so will He be intimately present to you there, unceasingly so!
Look what the proceeding verse in Revelation has to say about this: “I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, ‘Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them’” (Rev. 21:3, NLT).
God Himself is going to be with you. With you in the most intimate sense of the word. With you personally. With you in tender, unending companionship. With you in uncontainable bliss.
With you… face to face.
Can you imagine Jesus wiping your tears away? Can you imagine never, ever being sad again?