In Columbia, Missouri, it is homecoming. People with gather and celebrate and reminisce. They’ll visit their old stomping grounds, and one-up each other with stories of the “good ole days.” There will be laughter and there will be joy because going home is good and it is right.
And it is intrinsically inside of us all.
We anticipate a homecoming with giddy expectation; it is the “Are we there yet?” of the heart. And surely this feeling, this impulse, comes from something deeper . . . it is like a sensor placed within the heart that guides by desire toward something.
Hebrews 9:28 speaks of homecoming this way: “So Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.”
So if Christ will return to bring people home–to an ultimate homecoming–who will get to go? Well, basically, those who “eagerly await Him.” Or in other words, those excited about homecoming. Those who look at Heaven with a reverent, excited expectation, much the way many of us look at Christmas with the family, or the feel of our own bed after a long trip, or our college homecoming.
This weekend will be exciting for many because they have returned home. The option for an ultimate homecoming–one beyond our wildest expectations–is before us even now. Someday those eager for such a homecoming will reunite in a recreated realm full of renewed wonders of old and remade beauty refined, and there will be laughter and there will be joy because going home is good and it is right.