An Unexpected Reunion (John 14:2-3)

On my recent vacation to Hawaii, we arrived in Oahu at 7:30 PM. Our family was hungry since we were still on Los Angeles time and had not eaten dinner, so we opted to visit a popular Honolulu restaurant. As we were being seated by the hostess, a hand tapped my shoulder and said, “I thought you looked familiar!” It was my classmate from high school!

“Wow, what a surprise! Are you here with your family?”

“No,” he chuckled. “I am here with about 40 of our high school classmates! We are celebrating our 35th reunion! We are in the next room!”

“What?” I was incredulous as I was led into the large banquet room next to our table. There they were! Some familiar faces and some that I could scarcely recognize, even after they introduced themselves. After all, it had been 35 years! Apparently my contact email information was out of date and I did not receive the invitation or updates. But by sheer coincidence, I arrived at the same restaurant. It was a pleasant and welcome surprise. An unexpected reunion!

In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
John 14:2-3 (ESV)

Someday in Heaven, I will be reunited with many of my friends and loved ones. My mother will be there. Dr. Dreisbach, a mentor in medicine and missions, will also be there. And my godparent, Dr. Mamoun Nazif, will be waiting for me! But they are there because they, too, trusted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Jesus has promised to care for all of us in His Father’s house in Heaven.

God desires to see you and everyone else there as well. He does not want anyone to perish but to have eternal life by repenting of your sins accepting His Son, Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Savior. But you can only do this while you are still alive in this earth. Once you die, it is too late.

If you do this, someday in Heaven, there will be no unexpected reunion with other Christian believers. You can be assured that God is there and has prepared a place of eternal rest for you and all other believers in Jesus Christ.

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.