Homecoming

I don’t know about you, but the concept of homecoming has been much on my mind since the third Spiderman movie came out. Now, I haven’t seen it, so don’t think this post is going to be all about Tom Holland. Sorry.

But this idea of “coming home” is all around us. It’s in movies, books, music, and a whole boatload of other media. We like the warm feeling of coming home. It goes hand in hand with missing home. If we miss home, it means we have a good home to miss. It means we belong somewhere, and someone belongs to us.

Humans are wired to have some sort of home base: a place, a thing, a person, or something else that they always come back around to. It serves as their anchor, the thing that holds them down, the thing they cling to when times get rough.

Who or what is your home base? Where is your ultimate home?

Mine is with Jesus.

The thing about earthly homes is how things don’t always go the way we expected, or the way we would like. It’s not always nice to come home. Sometimes we don’t want to.

But Jesus offers us more than we could ever think to ask or imagine. He offers us a home of eternal peace in His arms. He offers us mercy to cover all our sins. All we have to do is acknowledge how we’ve run away from His infinite love, approach Him with a broken and contrite heart, and receive with gladness the outpouring of His grace into our lives.

It’s frustratingly easy to run away. The things of this world are shiny baubles that so easily distract us. We give in to the same temptations, time and time again. We get impatient, we complain, we shirk our responsibilities, and put our priorities in all the wrong places. We turn our backs on God’s faithfulness and choose to follow our own tainted desires, instead, leading into ruin and death. Yet when we see the big picture, how ridiculous it is to run! There is so much hope to be found in Jesus. Even when we run, He comes chasing after us with His relentless mercy.

Why? Because He loves us. The God of the universe, the Creator of all things, loves us. Us! These little specks in light of His greatness! He displayed His love, once and for all, when Christ died on that old rugged cross to rescue our lost souls from eternal torment. How could we not respond to such sacrifice?

By grace through faith, let’s come Home. He’s waiting with open arms to welcome us in.

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