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John 11:52 – And not only for that nation, but to bring together and unite all the children of God scattered around the world. (NLT)
As we turned out of the parking lot, I knew that it would be the last time.
Both of my paternal grandparents' sides of the family had annual family reunions, but my family rarely attended. I barely knew many of those who did — people who were my cousins once removed. Dad was a preacher, and the reunions took place on Sunday. To top it off, they ate at 12 noon, just as church was finishing up.
Only on rare occasions did we attend our family reunions. Because it was so long between times when we did, it was difficult to talk even to the people I knew. Reunions were awkward experiences. Then one year, they told us that it would be the last reunion. I suppose that as the older generation died out, the younger ones decided that they didn't care to continue the tradition.
Jesus had a habit of stirring up the religious leaders and was at it again. Caiaphas, the high priest, had a suggestion: let one man die for the nation. That would be better than allowing the Romans to destroy the entire nation. Little did he know that he had prophesied God's plan that one Man would die to unite all people together into one big family.
The heavenly reunion that awaits all who trust Christ as their Saviour is similar in some ways to family reunions. I was sometimes surprised by who showed up at reunions. Some we wondered about. No one knew them. Had they just wandered in? Some I don't think will make it to heaven just might. I don't know their hearts, and God can do amazing things in the twinkling of an eye.
Heaven's reunion will be joyous — as earthly reunions are. It was always fun to see and talk to aunts, uncles, and cousins I hadn't seen in a year … or usually longer. Heaven will contain no sorrow.
People were invited to my family reunions, and God charges me with inviting others to the heavenly reunion. How else will they know where it is or how to get there?
This big heavenly reunion will take place daily in a comforting atmosphere — not just annually like most family reunions. No sin, sinful practices, or sinful people are invited, just the saints of God enjoying each other and serving God forever.
Make plans now to attend the greatest family reunion that has ever taken place.
Prayer: Father, thank You for the invitation to attend Your family reunion. Amen.