– Billy Graham
No More Sin
There is an old hymn that speaks of the day when we’ll be saved to sin no more. I love that idea–saved to sin no more! That’s not possible this side of the kingdom, but that doesn’t mean we don’t try. That is the hope of the believer that will come to pass someday (in Revelation 21 and 22), a time for us when sin will be no more.
No More Death
The fact that Jesus was sinless explains why the grave couldn’t hold Him (Acts 2:24). This is because the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23). Since Jesus never sinned, death was no match for Him. Remember, He only bore our sins, not His. He had none. He conquered the grave so that we, too, will be raised again, and someday we will be united with Christ forever. That’s the death of death that the Apostle John wrote about in Revelation 21:4, where it says, “Death shall be no more.” Once we receive our glorified bodies, death will no longer be relevant.
No More Suffering
When you see people suffer, it makes you suffer, too, doesn’t it? It’s hard to even look at a poor animal or pet who is suffering. It makes it more personal when it’s someone we know. However, there won’t be any place for suffering in the coming kingdom, as John writes, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Rev. 21:4). What God wipes away (tears) stays wiped away. It’s the end of all suffering, mourning, crying, pain, tears, and even death.
No More Satan
What is much of the cause of these evils in the world and those who persecute us? It’s Satan and his demons. He hates the Gospel because the end of the Bible shows his fate is sealed. He knows this verse probably better than we do: “And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Rev. 20:10).
Billy Graham not only knew the end of the story in Revelation 21 and 22; he recognized that sins are finally going to be gone, that death will be history, that suffering will be no more, and that the author of much of this world’s evils is once and for all condemned. Never again can he do any harm to anyone.