Growing up, I can remember that at the end of each day, I always ended up at home. I would come home to the smell of dinner, with my dog and cat running to the door to greet me, being able to relax on the couch after baseball practice, and to loving parents who would ask me about my day. There was something comforting about home. However, like most earthly homes, it wasn’t perfect. My parents separated when I was six, with both slowly disclosing details about it as I grew up, with the emotion still very much present in their voices. My mom raised me by herself until I was 12, when she married my stepdad, who I am very grateful for. Beyond some little tufts and normal being a teenager stuff, I still usually felt comforted whenever I returned home. But something also felt off. I was still emotional over my parents separating, I looked for other things, chasing after them hoping to comfort a troubled heart. Through everything, God was tugging on my heart, and I felt like my true home was somewhere else. I realized that my true home is with God.
I absolutely loved the passage (John 14:1-14) that was preached on by Pastor Boyd this past Sunday. The passage starts off with “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” For a troubled heart, God asks that you believe in Him and his Son. Jesus says that he will prepare a place for us, so that when he comes back, he’ll take us with him, to be in the presence of God. In this passage though, the disciples are confused about where Jesus is going and the way to get there. This is when Jesus says “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known the Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” In here, we see that to get to our heavenly Father is only through Jesus, who is the way. When we know Jesus, we also know the Father, because they are one in the same. For all the failings of an earthly father, and an earthly home, we can rest in the fact that we have a heavenly father that we can know relationally through Jesus.
Jesus sits exalted on the throne in heaven, where he has prepared a place for us. If Jesus has prepared a place for us, then he will come again to takes us with him. Our true home is in heaven. In 1 Peter 1:20-21, Peter says that “He (Jesus) was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.” Jesus, being God, was made manifest to us, that we may know him and who called us to him. It is through Jesus, the Way, that we are believers in God, so that we have this hope of a place prepared for us in heaven, a home where we are truly in comfort at the presence of God. For our citizenship in heaven, and we live as sojourners and exiles here on earth, eagerly expecting for Jesus to take us home (Philippians 3:20, 1 Peter 2:11).
For further reading:
2 Corinthians 5:1-10
1 Chronicles 29:10-19