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.)
D. Death has been abolished where we are going, Rev. 21:4. Never again will we follow a loved one to the cemetery. Never again will view them in their coffins. Never again will the cold, icy grip of death take hold on those we love! No tears over death, because death will be no more!
II. V. 8b HE WILL WIPE AWAY THE TEARS OF DESPAIR
A. This verse reminds us that this world is a land of weeping. Homes and hearts are broken. Families and the lives of individuals lie in shambles due to the touch and taint of sin. Just this week spouses, children and parents watched their loved ones march off to war, not knowing what the outcome will be for the one they love. This world is a vale of tears! The Bible makes it clear that there will be times when we will pass through times of heartache and sorrow, Job 14:1l 5:7; John 16:33.
B. Even in the midst of heartbreak now, Jesus goes on giving us the victory! Ill. Paul - 2 Cor. 12:7-9. Don't despair, do as Job did - Job 1:20-21. (Ill. The devil squeezes you because he wants to extract bitter juice from your life. If you will shout in his face, he’ll let you go!) (Ill. The Psalmist has good advise for those who are passing through a difficult time - Psalm 84:6. The word “Baca” means “Weeping”. The Psalmist tells those who are passing through the “Valley of Weeping” to “make it a well.” In other words, he is saying, “When you pass through a hard, deep valley, scoop out some places along the way. When God sends His rain of refreshing into your life, it will leave some valuable water behind for those pilgrims who enter the valley after you.” Friend, God may just use your valley experience to be a blessing to someone else! Look for God in your valley, He is there, Song of Solomon 2:1. Then, when He brings you out, tell others about Him and what He did for you!