After holiday festivities, you just want to get home. People traveling far and wide for Christmas celebrations know the nostalgia of wanting to get to their own place –or even just the familiar, beloved place they are headed.
When Jesus was born, it wasn’t in His own place. But He still had a place to be. And the welcome was grand!
“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”
Regardless of our physical location and setting, we have a place to be too. We all have a home. Over and over in Scripture we read about God as our place of refuge. God is our dwelling place. He makes a safe pasture for us.
Because of Christ, we even have access into the most Holy Place. More than that, we are welcomed there:
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,”
The Lord ensures that we all have a home. It may not be in this world, and it may not be a place in a physical sense at all. But just as “home” is found where loved ones are and the heart is full, so home is the place of being near the Lord. He loves to have us there.
As we bustle about and rush to get places –even our own places- may we behold the home we have in the Lord!
Behold, the one who always welcomes us with open arms.
Behold, the safest, most loving, perfect home we can have and hope for.
Behold, our place with the Lord that we eagerly run to regardless of where we are.
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