Lenten Blog 2/24/2018
I love to travel, but there’s just something about being home that you can’t get anywhere else. I remember right after college I took a trip around the country with a friend of mine. We rented an SUV which served not only as transportation but often as our lodging and drove to Texas and Arizona, then to Colorado, then California. We had planned for the trip to last 3 weeks, but about 2 weeks into the trip, we both looked at each other and said, “This is great, but I think I’m ready to go home.”
“Jesus answered him, ‘If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.'” – John 14:23
In John 14:23, Jesus tells us that when we love Him, the Father will love us and then He says something interesting, that He and the Father will come and make their home with us. In this, we get a sense of the presence of God. He’s not some distant God out there spinning the universe, He is here with you. His love is here with you is a way that can only be described as home. He doesn’t come and go and He isn’t a temporary visitor.
Often times, at funerals, you hear people say that their loved one has gone home to be with Jesus. This is true, but this verse tells us that being home with Jesus doesn’t have to wait until we die. Through faith in Jesus, He makes His home with us today.