The Ministry of Tears

Revelation 21:4

Tonight I would like to speak to you about a subject that is not really very pleasant, and yet has a very definite ministry in our lives. I want us to consider "Tears". The Bible has a great deal to say about tears. In it we see infants weeping, strong men weeping, women weeping, and on occasion we even find the Savior shedding tears. The first time we find tears mentioned is when King Hezekiah had been informed by the Prophet Isaiah that he was sick and would soon die. Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and sobs out to the Lord in his plea for life (2Ki. 20:1-6). The last mention of tears is found at the end of the Bible in Revelation 21:4 where we find this wonderful promise. "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." Between these two references we find that God is a great tear-drier. He is a tender Father wiping away the tears of His erring children until one day there will be no more tears! Everyone of us have shed tears at some time or another and the great majority have shed many, many tears.

The shedding of tears is a peculiarly uniques human method of expressing emotions, such as sorrow, pain, despair and disappointment. Man is the only created being who can laugh, and he is the only one who can shed tears in the sense of expressing emotions.

I. What are tears?

II. Note some Bible tears.

III. The Ministry of Tears.

Conclusion: Much more could be said of tears, but the only thing I want to add is this. There are far too few of them around here. Maybe we have bought into the lie of the devil 'that we ought not get emotional at church'. I am not promoting empty emotionalism, but I believe that we need to spend more time weeping before God!

Tears of joy over His blessings, tears of gratitude for what He has done for us! Tears of burdened hearts for those who are without Christ. Tears of intercession for those who are backslidden and are out of fellowship with God!

David believed that his tears were important to God. "Thou tellest my wanderings; put thou my tears into thy bottle; are they not in thy book?" Ps. 56:8. How many tears do we shed?

Come tonight and spend some time with the Lord. If you are not a Christian, come tonight and be saved! Whatever the need I invite you to come.