He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Revelation 21:4 (NIV)

This verse has bothered me because it says, “The old order of things has passed away.” What bothered me wasn’t that pain and death would be gone, but the idea that we wouldn’t remember anything from our time on earth because the Lord would wipe our memories of that time. We wouldn’t remember our former lives. This was the thought about this part of the verse in my discussions with others.

However, I want to remember. In any great struggle, part of the victory is remembering the battle. Isn’t it? When I thought about what it would be like, not remembering, I thought about this life. I have no recollection of my time in the womb, and without testimonies that it happened from my family, it might not as well have happened. That’s what I thought Revelation 21:4 was telling us.

While meditating on this, the Lord brought to mind my pain. What the Lord reminded me of was that I remember the broken bones and accidents. The pain from IBS, and even the heartache from losing loved ones. Yet, that physical pain I don’t remember. Not really. I remember being in pain, but that’s different than explicitly remembering the pain. To an extent, even those I lost long ago, the pain of their loss has deadened.

It’s like what I have told kids when they’ve fallen down and hurt themselves, “You won’t remember this pain later on. Although it hurts now, it will go away.” This, by no means, denies the pain of the experience. Instead, it puts the pain into perspective. It’s something I’ve told myself in times of great distress.

Thus, what we will forget in Revelation 21:4 will not be our lives on earth but the agonies associated with sin and death.

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, freed from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe you died on the cross and were buried, and God the Father raised you from the dead on the third day. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.