Longing for Home

Travel makes us desperate for home, a place of sanctuary and wholeness.
Being home reminds us, we have miles to go before we are forever home.

The apocalyptic vision of the New Testament dislocates us from temporal hopes and transforms us into people who wander toward a greater vision.  As such, our lives are full of displacement, expulsion, and separation.  Yet we are not alone as pilgrims, sojourners, aliens, and strangers, as these figure prominently in both the Old and New Testaments.  Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Jesus and Paul sojourned into foreign places and among strangers.  The writer of the book of Hebrews describes Jesus as suffering outside the gate and suggests that we should “go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach” (Heb 13:12-13).  Peter names the believers “scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia” as those who reside as aliens (1 Pt 1:2).  As followers of Christ, we are meant to wander as he did.

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As I am currently reading through term papers, I occasionally come across jewels from students or from teachers of the past.  The following is from a dead teacher, Lesslie Newbigin …

The Church is the pilgrim people of God.  It is on the move – hastening to the ends of the earth to beseech all men to be reconciled to God, and hastening to the end of the time to meet its Lord who will gather all into one.  Therefore the nature of the Church is never to be finally defined in static terms, but only in terms of that to which it is going […]  When the Church ceases to be one, or ceases to be missionary, it contradicts its own nature. Yet the Church is not defined by what it is, but by that End to which it moves.  And the power of the End now works in the Church, the power of the Holy Spirit who is the earnest of the inheritance still to be revealed. (The Household of God, pp. 18-19).

Thank you, Chad.