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"I Go Home, Daddy."

Christ offers the lasting hope and promise of a new and lasting home.

My three-year-old son Sebastian is a wonderful little boy. My children’s antics and lives provide me with a wealth of sermon illustrations and stories. Not long ago, Sebastian had to go through some medical testing. Sebastian is a very active little boy who does not like to sit still. This particular test involved having to lay still for the better part of an entire hour while some diodes, wires, and things were hooked up to his little body while he lay there in a strange room, in a strange hospital, in a strange city.

The entire test came out fine, and we were very pleased with that, but the reason I share that story with you today is because after only a few minutes into the tests, Sebastian began to cry. He was scared and uncomfortable and didn’t understand what was happening to him. Through his little tears, Sebastian kept saying to me, "I go home, Daddy. I go home."

In this life, very often we find ourselves in strange lands, in unfamiliar and uncomfortable circumstances, wondering what is happening to us, not understanding why we are in pain, why we are afraid; we find ourselves crying out to our Heavenly Father, "I go home, Daddy. I go home."

You see, the ultimate hope that we have in Christ is the promise that He made to us in John 14:1-4, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. 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." (NIV)

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