That is a plaque I have sitting in my living room window at home.
But I know, some of you would not agree with that statement. So hear are some you might like.
Home is where:
the cat is
the horse is
the wine is
the coffee is.
I liked this one in particular, home is where the food is. Of course, home is where the heart is.
But what is home and what makes a home to someone? I found some interesting thoughts from a psychologist on what makes a home to someone. This article from Psychology Today asks the question, “home is where the heart is, but where is home?” Here are some quotes.
“Home is the place where you feel in control and properly orientated in space and time; it is a predictable and secure place.”
“For all people, home is the center of the world and a place of order that contrasts with the chaos elsewhere.” https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/out-the-ooze/201508/home-is-where-the-heart-is-where-is-home
All this means, home is the primary place where you understand yourself and your world.
When we are talking about home, in each of our minds a picture may be forming of what or where home is for you.
In John 14, Jesus shares with us His picture of home.
In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
This one of the more well known passages talking about heaven, in my father’s house are many rooms and from it we would usually say, home is where heaven is or heaven is my home.
But think about these other passages that talk about where we want to go.
Pastor Paul talking about his hope in 2 Corinthians 5:8,
Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
Home, for Pastor Paul is not in heaven or where heaven is, but with the Lord and where Jesus is.
Even Jesus speaking from the cross to the repentant thief when he asks,
“Remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus says to him, “truly, today you will be with me in paradise.”
You will be with me.
Even in Jesus’ words of comfort today to his disciples to prepare them for his suffering and crucifixion, Jesus is going to prepare a place for his disciples so that they can live in heaven? No, so that where Jesus is they may be also. The word house, or sometimes from the latin is translated mansions, talks about a household or a family, to be with Jesus and His family, those who have been saved by faith.
The picture that Jesus is showing us is that home for the Christian is not heaven, not somewhere we are trying to get to when we die, but Jesus.
Home is where Jesus is. Our home is Jesus.
Where is Jesus?
1. In Faith
Jesus promises that He is with each and every one of us in faith in Him, believing that He is our savior and Lord.
“If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” John 14:23
Keeping his word is simply believing upon Jesus as your savior.
2. When we gather in worship,
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20
3. In the Sacrament of the Altar,
“This is my body, which is for you.” “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.” I Corinthians 11:24-25
4. In His Words in Scripture,
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” Matthew 24:35
5. He will always be with us,
“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
Home is where Jesus is and Jesus is our home. We are at home with Jesus in faith right now. We are at home with Jesus when we gather to worship, to receive His words and receive his body and blood in the sacrament. We are at home with Jesus when we die and we are at home with Jesus in heaven, but even heaven will one day pass away when the Lord will make all things new on the Last Day, but yet Jesus does not pass away, so our home never passes away, but we are always at home with Jesus from now and forever.
Often, the main plot for many movies and books is when someone leaves home to go find themselves out in the world and after searching for so long, they come back home and find that what they were looking for was what right there in front of them all along. We can travel far and wide, both across the world and in our spiritual quests and the different ways we can live to try and find ourselves, to find home. We can travel far away from Jesus but we will never find ourselves out there, we will never find home until we come home in faith, to where what we were looking in all of our wandering has always been. With Jesus.
So the goal, for the Christian life is not to one day get to heaven and not worry about our faith life here and now, but to be with Jesus right here and now in all of the places he has promised to be.
To be home with Jesus, because it is with Jesus where we are properly orientated to the world around us, where we are safe and secure, where the stability in all of the craziness of life is found and where we properly understand ourselves and our world.
Home is where Jesus is. Our home is Jesus.