He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The Lord has spoken.-Isaiah 25:8
As a follower of Jesus you do not need to fear death. Why? Because as a follower of Jesus you have the promise that even though your physical body will die your soul, that part of you that truly makes you you, will live forever. That is the true meaning of Jesus words to Martha in John 11 when he said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”(John 11:25-26). It is what the prophet Isaiah meant in this verse when he said God will swallow up death forever.
Now what about the rest of this verse. What does the prophet Isaiah mean when he says God will wipe away the tears from all faces and remove our disgrace from all the earth? We have all heard that there are no tears in heaven. So that is one meaning to this part of this verse. For followers of Jesus there will be no more sorrows, pain or suffering when you get to heaven. However, the second meaning is more in line with the rest of what the verse says about removing our disgrace from all the earth. And that meaning is that one day when Jesus returns to defeat and bind the Devil once and for all that the earth will be returned to how it was in the Garden of Eden. It is God’s promise that he is not only working to redeem fallen and broken man, but also a fallen and broken world.
The ultimate question that you have to answer today is the same question Jesus asked Martha in John 11:26, “Do you believe this?”. Do you believe that God through his son Jesus has provided you with a way to defeat death. Do you believe that the only way to defeat death and receive the promise of eternal life; where there will be no pain, suffering or sorrows; is through putting your faith and trust in a God who loved you enough to send his son to die for you. Choose today to believe and trust that God has a plan and that he is working everything together for your good.