Home Sweet Home :: By Dennis Huebshman

There is a classic song with the verse, “Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.” Though this may be a fine description of our earthly home, the Home I am most inspired by is not here on this planet. Looking at John 14:1-3, “Let not your hearts be troubled, believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am, you may be also.” (ESV – all emphasis is mine)

Jesus knew exactly what His mission on this earth was, and He followed the Father’s will to complete that mission. In John 10:16, He made it plain that He was not only here for God’s chosen people, the Jews. He was actually here on behalf of every living soul of His time and also for all who would have been here from that time all the way through to the end of His Millennial Reign.

There is a stipulation that must be complied with for anyone to receive the free gift He gave us at Calvary. Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works so that no one may boast.”

To believe that we can do works or purchase our Salvation by any efforts on our own is totally wrong. Jesus came willingly (John 10:18) to be our perfect once-for-all sinless blood sacrifice. All the way up to the crucifixion, God allowed the blood of animals and doves as a temporary sin offering. However, for the Father to fully accept one sacrifice that reached back to the beginning of this earth and covered us all the way to the end of this creation, it would have to be blood that came from a perfect sinless “human” (Hebrews 10:4).

The issue with this is all humans, from the Genesis 3-sin in the Garden of Eden, have that sin nature inbred in us. The only perfect, sinless “human” was the Son of God that was placed in Mary’s womb, and His blood never mixed with hers. Also, Jesus was subjected to temptations just as we all are, and still, He never sinned even once. Satan gave it his best, but Jesus stood firm against the ploys that a weaker soul would have fallen for.

When we acknowledge that we are all sinners and that we cannot save ourselves; when we acknowledge that Jesus died for all our sins, and we accept Him as the Son of God and believe that He was raised from the dead to conquer sin and death for us all; and finally, when we truly call out for Him to be our Savior for all eternity, we will be saved (Romans 10:9-13).

All who become a part of His precious flock receive not only forgiveness for all of our past sins but have a pathway to forgiveness when we sin afterward. That’s 1 John 1:8-10, and we will use this as long as we are in these mortal human bodies.

Not only that, in John 14:15-17 we’re told that we will have a “Helper” within us. “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever; even the Spirit of Truth whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”

There are a number of verses in different New Testament books that tell us about the Holy Spirit being with all who have received and accepted Jesus the Christ as our Savior. We are the ones that can look forward to our “Home, Sweet Home.” This is a Classic Christian Hymn, which is the only information found about it. The unknown author composed a very inspirational message in just two short verses.

1.) Home sweet Home, my heart is yearning for thy splendors which I’ll see. How I long for all the beauty of that Home prepared for me. All my treasure, all my longing, is for my Heavenly Home. There to rest from earthly sorrow, never more from thee to roam.

2.) While I sing of all the Glory of my wondrous Home above, earthly sorrows vanish quickly through Thy glorious rays of love. In my sorrow, Thou art comfort, Balsam to my weary soul. May I ever for Christ labor, so to reach that glorious goal.

This is the Home that my Savior will prepare for me and all true believers when we get to be with Him forever. Nothing on this earth could ever compare to this invaluable gift from the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Everyone that will be our neighbors will all be of the same mindset of “Loving God, Loving Each Other,” which just happens to be the two greatest commandments given to us by Jesus (Luke 10:27).

There is a negative side that we must be aware of. For all who accept this earth and what it offers yet will not receive and accept the Son of God, their forever will be total darkness. Revelation 19:20, Revelation 20:10, and Revelation 20:11-15 respectively, give us the fate of the ultimate antichrist and his false prophet, Satan himself and his demons, and finally, the fate of all from the beginning of time to the end of this earth whose names were not entered into the Book of Life. They will all share the lake of fire, also known as hell.

There are people who try to make humorous remarks about being where their friends are so they can “party forever.” Jesus didn’t call it “Outer Darkness” for no reason. Hell will be completely without light, and each and every soul there will suffer for eternity on their own. The Light will be in Heaven provided for everyone by the Son of God, and no sun or moon or other source of light will be needed.

Everyone is given the opportunity to choose which eternity they will be in. It’s a free-will decision that is to be made by each and every individual. No one else can decide for another.

The signs all over this earth are pointing to the end of this age taking place soon. All believers at that point will be removed to keep us from the tribulation. We will be with our Savior during that time. Therefore, now would not be too soon to decide where you want to be: darkness or light.

Jesus is waiting for all who will receive and accept the free gift that He made available on that cruel cross. God wants no one to fail and be separated from Him forever (2 Peter 3:9). He has been very patient with all of us, but He won’t wait much longer. Call now and make your reservation for the best “Home, Sweet Home” ever.

Maranatha – Come, Lord Jesus