Read: Revelation 21:1-7

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. (v. 4 KJV)

When I was in junior high, the father of one of my classmates died slowly from leukemia. It was a devastating death that shook my school, my church, and my community. I wasn’t aware of these majestic verses from the book of Revelation until his funeral, and I remember feeling overwhelmed by their beauty the first time I heard them. The idea that the end—in whatever way the end comes—isn’t ultimately cataclysmic disaster but intimacy with God struck me as a powerful deep-down truth. The image of the God of the universe, the sovereign creator, stooping to wipe tears from our eyes is as beautiful as any I know. Yesterday I called Romans 8:31-39 the pinnacle of the Bible. If that passage is Scripture’s Mount Everest, then these verses from Revelation are the Bible’s K2, standing tall with their own magnificent glory.

The God who stoops is a God of love who desires intimacy with his creation. Verse 3 provides another wonderful image: by saying that God dwells with us, it is drawing on both the Old Testament tabernacle found first in Exodus 25, as well as that great incarnation verse, John 1:14. The distance between God and his creation is bridged by God’s movement toward us, and in him all things are made new, in a land of no more death, no more sorrow, and no more crying. —Jeff Munroe

As you pray, ask that you may know God in the way these verses say it is possible to know him.