Call it what you will–
Utopia . . .
Heaven on Earth . . .
Paradise . . . .
There is a longing in the human heart to regain what was lost at the Fall when sin entered the world. Humanly, we go to great efforts to construct our own version of “home”, but it can never last apart from being reconciled to our Creator through the saving grace of Jesus Christ. I have had to break this news to many a struggling Client (and have reminded myself when dismayed by the attitudes and/or actions of myself and/or others): “This is not heaven!”
In the final hours before His arrest, Jesus talked to His disciples about HOME in John 14:1-3. Knowing He would soon be leaving them and the world He had dwelled in for thirty-three years, Jesus encouraged them with these words:“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in Me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.”
It is our hope of heaven that gives us peace in trying times . . .
In Christ we look forward to what, one day, will be our Forever Home.
Truly . . . there’s no place like HOME!
But what about now? How are we to respond to the pain and suffering of those we love brought on by disease? What are we to do when men blatantly commit unspeakable acts that overwhelm our human sensibilities? It is scary to face the realities of pain and heartache in this world; to think about evil and the end times, Yet the Bible speaks of such things to encourage and strengthen God’s people. I found comfort in the words of Jesus that in previous days have made me uncomfortable. Jesus sought to enlarge the vision of His disciples’ thinking about HOME in Matthew 24:
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of Me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this Gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (verses 7-14)
The Apostle Paul underscored the temporariness of our earthly bodies by referring to them as “tents.” In II Corinthians 5, verses 1 and 5, Paul ministered to the hearts and minds of his fellow-servants of Jesus Christ with these words about our Forever Home:
For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God Himself and not by human hands. . . . God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee He has given us His Holy Spirit.
No matter what you are facing or may face in the future, hold fast to the faithful provision given us by God through His Son, our Lord Jesus. Truly, there’s no place like HOME!
All to His Glory!