Midweek Wake-Up, July 25th, 2018
Sometimes people seemingly have everything that this world has to offer but feel terribly empty and lonely. The billionaire engineer and entrepreneur, Elon Musk recently said in an interview: “When I was a child, there’s one thing I said,” Musk continues. His demeanor is stiff, yet in the sheen of his eyes and the trembling of his lips, a high tide of emotion is visible, pushing against the retaining walls. ‘”I never want to be alone.’ That’s what I would say”. His voice drops to a whisper. “I don’t want to be alone.”
When money, fame, success and popularity don’t give us what we long for this should tell us that something is wrong. Something else is missing.
What’s missing in our lives is made very clear in the Bible. We are lost and far from the home that we crave for. We’ve all run away from the living God who made us to enjoy an intimate relationship with Himself. A relationship that brings joy, peace, security and purpose. And instead of seeking those things in God we look, instead, to our human relationships, family, careers, possessions etc. But these things always leave us wanting.
The Bible is all about how sinful rebels like us can come back into a living relationship with the living God so that we can be set free from the slavery of sin, free to return home to the presence of the Father we crave, free for the glory of God. The Old Testament tabernacle, the temple, the special furniture, the High Priests, the other Priests, their special clothing and all the sacrifices provided a blueprint for how we could finally get home. The New Testament fleshes out the reality of that plan. It is a plan that is brought to fruition through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the One who came to rescue sinners and bring us back home.
Have you come home?
” My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:2-6