I believe there will be weeping in heaven, even though God’s Word says this:
“And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’ Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.'” Revelation 21:3-5.
Hopefully, you haven’t branded me as a heretic already. Let me explain my reasoning by looking at the context of the passage, which clearly describes those tears as the result of sorrow and pain. Those things in this life that cause tears of anguish because of sinful acts and conditions (death of a loved one or pain from some disease) will no longer be part of our experience. But there are tears that this passage doesn’t address – tears of joy! I believe there will be tears of joy in heaven.
I’m reminded of the Christian pastor who told the story of his year in jail (can’t remember what country). He told his interviewer that he would often lay on his concrete cell floor where he had to sleep and begin to weep. The interviewer asked if he had been shedding tears thinking about his family? No, the man explained. These were tears of joy as the Lord Jesus was so real and close during those times. He could be joyful in suffering, knowing that the Savior who loved him was with him no matter what. Jesus was in his jail cell with him.
I’m reminded of visiting Dean Coleman right before he died from cancer. Suffering there on his bed, he had tears in his eyes as he talked to me. “These aren’t tears of pain,” he told me. “These are tears of joy.” Dean was rejoicing. The Lord was near. The Holy Spirit was comforting him.
The Apostle Peter tells his persecuted readers, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved through various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested with fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.” I Peter 1:6-8.
I’m convinced: as there are tears of joy in this life, there will be tears of joy in the next as we ponder the great love with which God has loved us undeserving sinners.