There is a promise in Scripture that God makes to those who are victorious in Christ at the end of the age about a world I cannot imagine. Revelation 21:4 says, “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.” I picture a tender father wiping away a child’s tears then saying, “this is the last time you will ever experience tears, pain, or the sense that something has died within you or around you.” Once that last tear is wiped away what else could come but a flood of joy that cannot be contained.
It’s interesting, because we like hearing about Jesus weeping. Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted. Psalm 56:8 gives an indication that our tears are bottled or remembered by God. Jesus was acquainted with death and pain and can relate to us in our suffering. Despite all of this, God’s idea of a perfect world is tearless. Whatever one may claim about “tears” of joy is dandy but I’ll take my joy without tears. Tears are vastly misleading anyway. Esau sought repentance with tears yet did not find it. Judas was remorseful for betraying Jesus but hung himself. Tears and pain are reminders of the old order of things, things of the past.
In Jesus’ case, for a moment it appears he even wept over the future. Luke 19:41-44 shows us Jesus weeping over Jerusalem. He then describes how Jerusalem will be invaded and how they missed their visitation from the Lord. Jesus is weeping over what they’re missing out on. Jerusalem’s destruction was a result of their failure to recognize/ welcome their savior. The beautiful thing about Jesus is only in His death did he leave people in tears. It was only for 3 days. In every other encounter Jesus has with people He leaves them tearless. He may come to them in their brokenness but when He has done His work the tears are stopped which is evidence that His kingdom has come.