Summary: Isaiah 25:8-9
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SOME TEARS OUR LORD WILL WIPE AWAY
Intro: This passage is part of a prophecy concerning the Millennium. It concerns that period of time when Jesus Christ is reigning upon the earth in glory and power. It is a message of hope and promise to the Jews. Yet, as I read this verse, I am reminded of a parallel passage in Rev. 21:4. That verse is not a prophecy to the Jews, but it is a promise to all of God’s children. Notice what that great verse says, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” I don’t know about you, but I like the thought of Jesus wiping all of our tears away!
Tonight, I want to take some time to look at this prophetic passage. I want to look at what Isaiah is saying and I would like to preach for a few minutes on Some Tears Our Lord Will Wipe Away.
I want you to know that there is a better day coming for all of God’s children. I want you to know that weeping and sorrow will not last forever. I want you to know that trials and heartaches will come to an end one of these days. I want you to know that one day, God’s children are going home and, when we arrive there, God will take His great handkerchief of grace and all of our tears will be wiped away. Here are some of the tears our Lord will wipe away.
I. V. 8a HE WILL WIPE AWAY THE TEARS OF DEATH
A. Death has a universal impact and many live in fear of death and dying - Heb. 9:27. (Ever since man sinned in the Garden man has been dying, Rom. 5:12!) (Ill. We have all been touched by it and if the Lord doesn’t return in our lifetimes, we will experience it personally!)
B. Jesus has conquered death for His people - (Ill. The resurrection, Matt. 28:1-6) (Ill. 1 Cor. 15:49-55)
C. God's people need not fear death - 2 Cor. 5:1-8, Phil. 1:21-23; 1 Thes, 4:13-17. (Ill. Death is not the end, it is but a passage to a new beginning. Ill. 2 Tim. 4:8 the word Paul used for his death was “departure”. This word was used by sailors to speak of “loosening the moorings to set sail for a new destination.” It was used by armies to refer to “striking the tents to move to a new location”. It was used by travelers to speak of “taking a saddle off a horse and putting in a stall to rest.” It was a legal term used to speak of “taking the shackles from a prisoner and giving them freedom.” Paul didn’t see death as a sad end to life, but as a new adventure and as a doorway into the presence of God, v. 9.)