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He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him. Hebrews 9:28 NLT
celebration was the highlight of the church year.
In the lower
regions of South Carolina, church homecomings are immaculate celebrations that
take a great deal of preparation. Normally held in the fall of the year, they
are attended by current members, previous members, family members, previous
pastors, and anyone wanting a free meal.
often the meal of choice, and churches prepare pounds of meat and hash. They also
plan months in advance by mailing letters to former members and pastors and
placing announcements in local newspapers and on local radio stations. Men stay
up all night cooking.
On the day
of, worshipers pack the churches. Some churches host singing groups to top off
the day. After services, congregants gather for the feast, enjoying the company
of those they haven’t seen since the previous year’s celebration.
as homecomings here are, they’ll never match the ultimate homecoming that will
occur when Christ returns. Some will be alive to witness it, while those who
have died in Christ will return with him. Christ came the first time to pay
humanity’s sin debt, but his second coming will put an end to all sin and
corruption and usher his followers into a perfect eternity.
took months of preparation, and we always knew the date. Jesus says no one
except the Father knows the date of the final homecoming. Readying ourselves for
the end time homecoming requires only one thing: trusting Christ as Savior. We
serve him and others because of that decision, but the decision—not the
actions—is what prepares us.
taken care of the above, it won’t matter when Christ comes—or if we’re even alive.
We can wipe the sweat of our labor from our brows and hear him say, “Well done,
good and faithful servant. Enter into the joys of your Lord.”
In what ways are
you preparing for the Homecoming?
we look forward to the eternal homecoming with You and all believers.
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