The Bible says, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying or pain” (Revelation 21:4). These are the tears of suffering over sin and death, the tears of oppressed people, the cries of the poor, the widow, the orphaned, the unborn and the persecuted. There will be crying no more, though we might shed tears of joy. Imagine the joy flooding from your eyes as you meet Christ and as you’re reunited with loved ones.

We also know that when we get to heaven, the struggle of sin will finally be over. We all struggle with sin every day. We know that in the kingdom of heaven “nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Revelation 21:27). This is only possible because of Jesus. We have no fear of being judged for our sin because it was already judged and taken away at the cross by Christ. We will have heavenly bodies, free from sin. We will no longer face the challenges and limitations we face one earth. We will also not be concerned with issues that we dealt with in our old lives. Heaven is endlessly wonderful and we will be able to enjoy the dwelling place of God.

Knowing each other in heaven is one of the great blessings we have to look forward to. This was a big part of Paul’s discussion of sorrowing for those who have died in Christ in Second Thessalonians 4:13-18. In this passage, Paul speaks of being reunited with those who sleep in Jesus. Therefore, we do not need to mourn as others who do not have faith or assurance. When we enter heaven, we will continually encounter new sights. God’s throne is there, His angels are there and the Lord Jesus Christ is there. We know from Scripture that we can expect all three when we enter the gates of heaven. What a wonderful day it will be when we are able to experience this.