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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Heaven is Our Real Home - Hebrews 11:13-16

Life on earth is hard, Heaven is our final home
Even after a fun vacation or nice family visit, it's good to get home. 

Ideally, home is the place where we can be ourselves and feel loved and accepted. 

Maybe your home isn't a good place, but you long for it, don't you? 

Here on earth, we deal with misunderstandings, conflict, sickness, rejection, sorrow, and pain. We can take all of our pain to the Lord for comfort, but life here will never be trouble-free (John 16:33). 

So how do we persevere? 

We admit we're strangers on earth, focus on eternity, and find comfort in God's love. People who do this "show that they are looking for a country of their own...a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them" (Hebrews 11:13-16).

Someday all of us who love Jesus will be home at last, united with our forever family who love and accept us, safe and happy with the Lord. Now that's worth the wait!

Bible Study

See what insights you can gain from the following passages about our true Home.

Hebrews 11:13-16: All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. 

Romans 8:18-25: I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Revelation 21:1-4: Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
copyright, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com

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