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“There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. I’m on my way to get your room ready.” (John 14:2)
CAUTION: SUICIDE ALERT!
C. S. Lewis made this observation about human desire: “The Christian says, ‘Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.’” Paul agreed: “The desire to break camp here and be with Christ is powerful. Some days I can think of nothing better.”
In brokenness the human heart longs for wholeness in FATHER’S HOME! For the suicidal the voltage of “going home” is greater than the power to remain on earth. I would not presume to supply a rational explanation for such reasoning! My only proof is this: Jesus arose to prepare a home for the broken! Beyond and outside of that Gospel fact I have nothing to offer!
“Jesus’ program remains firm. He saves losers and only losers. He raises the dead and only the dead. And He rejoices more over the last, and the least, and the little than over all the winners in the world. The Gospel is the announcement that God finds us not in the garden of improvement but in the desert of death. It’s precisely from death that we are brought home.” —Jason Goroncy, in Hope And Homecoming
“This parable (Luke 15) is about coming home. It speaks to us about the nature of lost-ness, and about the necessity of experiencing lost-ness if we are to experience homecoming. As one writer put it, ‘Weary or bitter or bewildered as we may be, God is faithful, He lets us wander so we will know what it means to come home.’” (Goroncy)
“In Luke 15 we are given a picture of the nature of such a God, an insight into the purpose of history, and a glimpse of how history ends—of how your life ends and of how my life ends, and how the lives of those we love and of those who have made life hell for us, will end—with celebration, with a banquet, with the extravagant joy with which God welcomes the found and eats with the, … with homecoming.” (Goroncy)
Here’s a song that expresses what I’ve attempted to communicate—
“The Christian says, ‘Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists.’ A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or to be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that country and to help others to do the same.” —C.S. Lewis
“Your place in Heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it—made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand.” —C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
The Creator has an inconceivable sequel! “Then the One sitting on the throne said, “See! I am making all things NEW.”96
What is the most breathtaking natural wonder you have experienced? With absolute certainty I guarantee this: “You ain’t seen nothing yet!” “Then I saw a new earth and a new sky, for the present earth and sky had disappeared” 97. “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him”. What you’ve experienced is but a short preview of what’s coming!
Furthermore, for the first time you will meet the real YOU! I’m not joking! Remember, Father’s original design of you has been hidden beneath layers of false fabrication. Listen to this: “Jesus shouted, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in grave clothes. Jesus told them, ‘Unwrap him and let him go’!” Jesus will return for you. He will call you OUT and UP! In the process the God-Designed you will be unwrapped! “We will all be transformed! It will happen in the blink of an eye …” 98.
What will you be like? There’s only one reliable clue—“The Father has loved us so much that now we are called children of God. However, we have not yet been shown what we will be like in the future. But we know that when Christ comes again, we will be like Him because we’ll see Him as he really is” 99. You will have a Jesus-Shaped personality! You can take that to the bank!