“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),”
Have you ever wished you could go back in time? Possibly a trip back to the home of your youth where life was simpler and your burdens were few.
Yesterday, I took a trip back to Strasburg, Virginia — my hometown. My sole mode of transportation was my laptop. With a little help from the Street View setting on Google Maps, I toured the town where I lived over 40 years ago.
On main street, I looked for my first place of employment, the Strasburg Tastee Freez. The old building is gone, mercifully replaced by a parking lot.
Nearby I saw the drugstore that featured a soda fountain and lemon phosphates (a concoction of lemon syrup, soda water, and phosphoric acid. Like Seven-Up, only better.) Just one of those warm and fuzzy memories from my childhood. The drugstore also served as the local Greyhound Bus Stop. From there, I left home for the first time headed for Navy boot camp.
A few doors down, I could see the fire station. Upstairs they held weekly teen sock hops. Oddly, guys seldom attended. Just girls dancing with girls.
I Googled my way down West King Street and hung a right onto Capon Street hoping to find my childhood home. Sure enough, it’s still standing but barely recognizable. Granddaddy’s prized boxwood hedge is gone. So are my grandmother’s flowers. The old house desperately needs a fresh coat of paint.
That house represents many happy memories of days gone by. There I was loved, encouraged, and blessed in so many ways. Of all the places I have ever lived, it is the only one I can really call home. It wasn’t the house itself that made it my home, but the people and the experiences we shared.
There, my grandmother helped me to memorize the 23rd Psalm and the Lord’s Prayer. She instilled in me the values and the heavenly mindset that has served me well throughout my life.
Even if I could buy that old house back — all I would have is a building and memories. There is no way I could restore what once was there.
Fact is, we can’t go back in time. But we can go eternally forward.
I am reminded from today’s focus text of a future home — where I will be reunited with those special people from my past.
God “… has come and has redeemed his people.” The biblical concept of redemption means to buy back something that was lost.
Because all of us sin, we are isolated from God and the forever family. We must pay God’s penalty for sin, which is death.
The good news is “…he has come and has redeemed his people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us…” Jesus has paid the price, the penalty that you deserve. He has bought back your relationship to God, and your place in the family of God through the shedding of His precious blood. Jesus gave His life to pay the debt you owe, and He paid it in full.
There is a heavenly home that awaits every believer, more wonderful than any place or experience you have had or will have on this earth.
In that place there will be no more burdens — no more sorrow. You will experience eternal joy, happiness, contentment, peace, and harmony with the Lord and all who dwell there.
You won’t find this heavenly home on Google Maps. However, you will find it in your heart when you surrender your life to the Redeemer.
But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. 2 Peter 3:13
We are forever time travelers.
For more on this topic, check out this article: When Christ Returns
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.