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13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. – Hebrews 11:13-16

This summer I will be going home for a few weeks. Thinking of home evokes a flood of memories filled with family, friends, and places to visit. My senses come alive as I imagine all the familiar and comforting sights, sounds and tastes of my youth. I was discussing the idea of “home” with one of my best friends today and he went on about how “home” is never as good as we imagine. Once we get there, things are not as satisfying as expected. My wise friend pointed out that oftentimes that the longing for home is like chasing a memory.

Timothy Keller in his book “Prodigal God” discusses the idea of homesickness. He links it to a yearning for home that all of mankind can relate to. Keller states, “Home is a powerful but elusive concept. The strong feelings that surround it reveal some deep longing within us for a place that absolutely fits and suits, where we can be, or perhaps find, our true selves.” He speaks of a yearning for a place where the true self can be as we are, our true home.

The Bible speaks of this theme from Genesis to Revelation. We all share a yearning for our true home: the place where God is. In Genesis this was the garden where man dwelt with the Creator God. However, because of original sin we have been separated from him, exiled from the garden. Being left with a constant yearning for home again… But how do we return?

This is the beauty of the gospel, that the exiled and homeless are invited home again because of what Jesus has done on the cross. Revelation describes in detail our future and our perfect home. We await and hope in the future city that God has prepared for us through Christ. Keller states, “Jesus came and experienced the exile we deserved…He took upon himself the full curse of human rebellion, cosmic homelessness, so that we could be welcomed into our true home. He came to bring the human race Home.” So as we yearn for the comforts and familiarity of our “homes” now, may we never forget what God intended for us by the blood of his Son. That a home without yearning, need, or want awaits those that look to the cross.