Earlier this week MNC was leading a service at our local old people’s home, Marston Court. For several years MNC has held a monthly service and coffee morning there and so we have been able to get to know many of the residents and visitors to its day centre. It is an excellent home with good care, bright surroundings and plenty of activities put on for the residents.
But even the best of care homes cannot fully make up for the sense of loss that many elderly residents feel. They have lost their own homes.
There is a home that lasts forever which people will never have to leave. Jesus described it as ‘my Father’s house’. He told his disciples that he was going there to prepare a place for them and would come back and take them to be with him. Heaven is just that—a real place and a loving home where God’s family is brought together forever.
Jesus invites everyone to be part of this family. He is able to bring us to God the Father. Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me.’ There’s no waiting list for this home and no cost, at least to us, for Jesus paid the cost with his own life. As we sang at the service,
There was no other good enough to pay the price of sin; He only could unlock the gate of heaven and let us in.
Old age may rob us of so much. But one thing it cannot take away is our hope of heaven, for Jesus has promised eternal life to all who trust in him.
David Earl (Pastor, MNC) published in the ‘Yours Faithfully’ series he writes for the Oxford Mail.