Isaiah 25:8, He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord Yahweh will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of His people He will take away from all the earth, for Yahweh has spoken.
In January 2017, I was standing on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem in a small chapel called Flavit Dominum, which means “The Lord Wept.” It is also called the Tear Drop Church. Outside the chapel, on the top of the Mount of Olives, I looked across the Jerusalem horizon—a massive city today—with the Dome of the Rock sticking out like a sore thumb, which is where the Jewish temple used to be before the Romans destroyed it in AD 70.
The temple was here in the flesh of Jesus, and many Jews could not believe He was the long awaited for Messiah. Jesus wept over Jerusalem, perhaps in the very spot I stood on the Mount of Olives, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation” (Luke 19:41-44).
Jerusalem refused to see that her Saviour was finally here. They had defiled the temple and Jesus began to teach in the temple (Luke 19:45-48). Jesus wept over Jerusalem because many within would not believe in Him, and He saw her coming destruction; and He wept because He saw the grip sin would have on each of our lives.
Just a millennium before this, David wrote, “You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book” (Psalm 56:8)? Jesus is the vessel who holds all our tears. Jesus is the tear drop church who contains all our griefs, sorrows, anguishes, and anxieties. Jesus is the same one who will pour these tears into the abyss upon His glorious return, where they will be no more. All our griefs, sorrows, anguishes, and anxieties, He will take away and we will remember them no more.
He died with them on the cross, He rose with them from the grave, He ascended to the right hand of the Father with them, and when He returns He will drop them all into the abyss of Hell where we will remember them no more as He brings us into the place He’ll have prepared for us.
©Featured image overlooking Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, from my photography page, Garrick Sinclair Photography.