Going home

We believe in… the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting

II Corinthians 5:1

We know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.

To be homeless is an unenviable situation, almost an unnatural one. Few people go to live on the streets by choice. If shelter is one of our basic needs, so also is stability. An archway, a cardboard box, a tent – even a hostel – is no substitute for a place that we know we can return to any time, a place we can call ‘home’.

The fact that most of us (at least in Western Europe) can expect to live for 70-80 years disguises the underlying fragility and instability of human life. Our physical bodies decay and disintegrate (a process that starts long before our actual death). They are merely temporary shelters; they will not last, and we cannot inhabit them for ever. But when we die, we shall not find ourselves ‘homeless’. Our earthly bodies are part and parcel of the present age, which is shadowy and insubstantial; we look forward to something more solid and far better. “My Father’s house has many rooms… I am going there to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2) Not a tent but a palace; not a temporary shelter but a permanent home.

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