”I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people.” Revelation 21:3 (NLT)
The understanding of home resonates with me. Instead of "home," other translations use dwelling or dwelling place, tabernacle, and residence but home strikes a chord in me like none of the different descriptions of the new heaven, new earth, and the new Jerusalem.
As a kid, I was always excited to go, whether to visit relatives or summer camp even just to go to town. My father said part of my problem was I always wanted to know what was around the next bend. But when trouble came, as it inevitability does, whether a scratched knee or something significantly worse, I wanted to go home. Home was the one place I knew everything would be okay. It was the place of security and comfort, where I was loved and accepted. Home was where I could escape the hurts of life. Mother was there to dry my tears and Daddy was the place I was always safe. At those times in my life, I wanted to go home, not to my dwelling place or my residence but my home.
Reading these few verses sets my mind on wanting to go home. Can you imagine the Alpha and Omega wiping away your tears? That is His promise. His home is where everything is made new. Revelation 22:3 says the curse is removed. Those things in this life that cause tears, death, mourning, and pain are no longer. I think of heaven as the time and place the Father's children are removed from the presence of sin and its consequences. For those in Christ Jesus, Scripture teaches: 1) The penalty for sin is paid in full. Romans 8:1, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." 2) The power of sin is broken. Romans 6:14, "For sin will have no dominion over you." 3) The pollution from sin is being cleansed. Romans 6:22-23, "You have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life." So as a disciple of Christ Jesus, the penalty, power, and pollution of sin in my life has been dealt with by Jesus. 4) Hallelujah, the day is coming when I will be removed from the presence of sin!
The One who sits on the throne in the new Jerusalem, wants us to be secure in our understanding of this promise. He says, "Behold, I am making all things new...Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true...It is done!" In the same way "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." (2 Corinthians 5:17) Anytime you read "Behold" in Scripture pay attention because God is saying something you do not want to miss. Behold everything is new because through Jesus Christ the curse of sin is broken. Since He conquered sin, death, and Hell, those in Him are conquerors whose heritage is sonship of Almighty God.
In Genesis 23:4 Abraham said: "I am a sojourner and foreigner among you." Hebrews 11:10 says Abraham "was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God." While Hebrews 11:14 speaking of all who died in faith says, they were seeking a "homeland." So maybe it is okay for me always to want to know what is around the next bend because it may be HOME!
Lord God, I have always heard "Home is where your heart is." I want my heart to be wholly Yours because I want You to be my home.