A few weekends ago, I attended my high school class’ 50th reunion. I was reluctant to go. I hadn’t been to any of the other reunions. Who wants to hang around a bunch of old people? Besides, I reasoned, I’ve stayed in contact with those that I wanted to and I would likely not recognize many, if any, of those attending. You know, “Who’s that? Nooo…you’ve got to be kidding! Really?” But, a couple of my friends talked me into going. I’m glad I did. There were 639 members of my class. Around 200 attended, some were spouses. So yes, there was some “Who’s that?” with expected surprise when I realized who it was. Apparently a number of those attending who knew me back then had no trouble recognizing me. I hadn’t changed much, they said. And surprisingly that was true for me as I saw someone in the crowd I had known. Then there were those whom I had forgotten all about until I saw them at the reunion. And there were those I didn’t know at all, then or now. And there were some who couldn’t be there (Vietnam). Of course, there was all the catching up and reminiscing. There were some things that I hoped people would have forgotten by now. And, yes, there were a number of “You’re a what? You’re kidding, right?” when they heard that I had become a pastor. One or two even asked if there was “something” they missed about me back then. Talk about an open door! I did drop a seed or two.
All of that lead to what really surprised me. That was the warm, somewhat nostalgic feeling that came over me as I backed away from the crowd and just looked over the whole room. It was like being comfortable and being home with people I knew and some I didn’t. It reminded me off another “home” I have. Jesus mentions it in John 14:1-3.
1“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
Jesus tells us something else very interesting about that home in Matthew 8:11, “And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.”
We sing the hymn “When We All Get to Heaven” about the grand reunion of true believers in heaven with Jesus. It will be something like my high school reunion – people I know, people I don’t know, some will know me, many won’t, some I’ll be surprised to see, and some who will be surprised to see me. As the hymn says, “What a day of rejoicing that will be. When we all see Jesus. We’ll sing and shout the victory!”
The being at home feeling I got at my high school reunion ended when I left. The home Jesus speaks about and the feeling we’ll have there will last forever. Is heaven your home? If so, I’m looking forward to meeting you there. If not, why not join me and the others through faith in Jesus Christ? Check it out: John 14:6 and Acts 4:12.