In the movie The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy was swept away to the Land of Oz by a tornado. She had many experiences and made new friends, but all the time she just wanted to go home. As it turned out, she was only dreaming. When she woke up she was surrounded by family and friends and proclaimed, “there’s no place like home.”
For most people, there is no place like home. You see, in the home there is a sense of safety, comfort, and protection. Anytime we travel, we always look forward to returning to that special place we call home. When we get sick and need hospital care, we are always happy to get back home. Home is a place to rest, to be, and to belong.
When Jesus was traveling from place to place preaching the gospel of the kingdom, he would often come back to the home of Lazarus, Mary and Martha in Bethany. Their home became His home away from home because His home was in heaven.
As Jesus was preparing His apostles for His final days on earth and His return to heaven He said to them, "In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." He then told them something we all need to remember, "I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." John 14:2, 3
We often sing this song...This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through, my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue; the angels beckon me from heaven’s open door, And I can’t feel at home in the world anymore. Those who get too attached to this world and the attractions thereof will lose sight of the home Jesus has prepared. There’s no place like home if it’s heaven.