“When we arrive at eternity’s shore, Where death is just a memory and tears are no more, We’ll enter in as the wedding bells ring. Your bride will come together and we’ll sing, You’re beautiful.”
These lyrics are based on the passage in Revelation 21:
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, for the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’ And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.'”
This takes my actual breath away, because we get to know how it ends. When it hurts, when it doesn’t make sense, when it seems like it’s all going to crap –we get to know how it ends. And it ends with a God who makes his dwelling place with us and with the fulfillment of the promise of all things new. The tears and death and ashes have their place here, but in the end, they’ll be no more. It’s the most beautiful story that will ever be, and in Jesus, it’s our story too.
Jesus really is good news, our best news. And while it’s hard not to wonder how much worse our newsfeeds can get, we don’t have to wonder if he wins. He already won. The end, for us in Jesus, is a wedding feast. The hurt and hate and horrible news will be no more. We will be His people + He will be our God.