Jesus came to this world to dwell among us. Our Savior was born in Bethlehem, although Joseph and Mary were from Nazareth. We know from reading Matthew 2:13-18 that Joseph, Mary and Jesus made their home in Egypt for a brief period. After King Herod’s death the family returned to Israel and settled in Nazareth. Jesus grew up in that city.
As an adult our Lord ministered in Galilee and spent a considerable amount of time in a town called Capernaum. He taught and did many miracles there. The people of that town became very attached to Jesus. One day Jesus withdrew to a solitary place to pray. “The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. But he said, ‘I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to other towns also, because that is why I was sent.’” (Luke 4:42-43) So Capernaum was not the Lord’s permanent home.
Our Lord gravitated toward communities where he could perform miracles. Nazareth was not one of those places. “But Jesus said to them, ‘Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor.’ And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.” (Matthew 13:58) He moved throughout Galilee, Judea and even traveled to Samaria as well as Tyre and Sidon. Jesus once remarked to a would-be follower, “‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.’” (Matthew 8:20) Every home for Jesus was temporary.
Our homes are temporary as well. My wife and I have been married just over thirty-six years and are now living in our sixth residence. We have fond memories of the places we’ve lived, but our current home is our favorite. The Bible tells us that our earthly home is temporary. “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven not built by human hands.” (II Corinthians 5:1) Our future home will be our favorite! The Bible is our best source of information. As Augustine once observed, “The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.”
Jesus described our heavenly home in this way. “‘In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. 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.’” (John 14:2-3) While we wait to travel there we can be at home with the Lord every day. George McDonald once wrote: “God’s thoughts, his will, his love, his judgments are all man’s home. To think his thoughts, to choose his will, to love his loves, to judge his judgments, and thus to know that he is in us, is to be at home.”
It is God’s desire to dwell with us. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with me.’” (Revelation 3:20) Billy Graham once said, “My home is in heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.”
Pastor Ken Atchison
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