Last weekend was homecoming for many high schools in the greater Cincinnati area. While students in the greater Cincinnati area celebrated their schools’ returns to the dreams of a new year full of new opportunity, parents watched their kids enjoy homecoming and remembered their own homecoming activities from the past. Homecoming always holds out to students the promises of a new year with new possibilities and hopes of great success. Adults look forward to new opportunity, but not much compares with the memories of homecoming and the expectations homecoming built for the future.
In Revelation 21:2, John said, “I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband. I heard a loud voice out of heaven saying, ‘Behold, God’s dwelling is with people, and he will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away from them every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; neither will there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more. The first things have passed away.’”
While dreams of new homecomings are mostly fading memories for adults today, John holds out hope of the greatest homecoming ever in Revelation. When God restores creation, institutes eternity, and redeems his people to dwell with him forever, he will make good on the promises of Scripture and bring all his believers home to enjoy his presence forever. Christians in Cincinnati hope for this great homecoming. While Cincinnati Christians wait and dream of the future with God in eternity, they should also spend each day trying to bring some of that future homecoming into the present by sharing God’s love and grace.