Most Christians as well as some who aren’t, know the saying about how there won’t be tears in heaven, but after years of just blindly agreeing with that viewpoint on face value, I suddenly heard the relevant scripture once again in a whole new way:
Rev 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
If you notice it doesn’t actually say as such that there are no tears in heaven at the very outset of that verse which is in the present tense- rather that comes after God has wiped them away – so my point is that there obviously must be a point at which we may well indeed be crying for Him to do that otherwise I would think it would just have stated the rest without that first conjoining statement. The other way of looking at it of course, is that there may well be weeping in heaven as we either have a capacity to watch events on earth – Paul often gave that impression – the most notable occasion being this statement:
Heb 12:1 And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us: ,
or perhaps (although I would think less likely) we are in some way able to watch the judgement of the unsaved and thus grieve for those lost to salvation forever. Given the following statement concerning death, dying etc I can’t see that these are tears of joy in any sense that would fit in here.
If you’ve any views on this in agreement or to the contrary, I’d love to hear them, as I appreciate that my own perspective is very superficial and not following on any great study of the topic.