Ben Stein writes (Newsmax 6/17) “I was heading to our home in Beverly Hills. My wife was not home, so I was alone in my immense car. Our garage is off an alley behind the house, and as I pulled into the space behind my garage about to open the garage door, I saw what I thought was a bag of trash lying in front of the door. I didn’t want to run over it, so I stopped and flicked on my brights.
It was not a bag of trash, it was a man asleep on the pavement. The noise of my car plus the bright lights obviously awakened him and he slowly scuttled away down the alley.”
The homeless are everywhere. There are 1,500,000 people in our country sleeping in shelters, tents, parks, shipping crates or missions. Chicago has 140,000 homeless sleeping in alleys or huddling in doorways on rainy nights.
So, now it is Christmas and we think of a crackling fire on the hearth, a decorated tree, a roasted turkey on the table, gifts for everyone and a comfortable home.
But, on the first Christmas Mary and Joseph were homeless in the streets of Bethlehem ending up in a cattle shed. The Son of God who came from heaven to earth found only a manger for a home. During Christ’s ministry He said, “Foxes have holes, and the birds in the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head” (Matthew 8:20).
We are very concerned about having a good place to live, but this is only temporary and we should be more concerned about a place to live eternally. Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:3). He has been 2,000 years preparing this place which will be a significant upgrade from whatever you have now. However, the place He prepares is only for those who have repented of sin and saving believed on Him. Jesus is very clear saying, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one come to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). The prepared place is for prepared people.
The place Jesus has prepared is exceedingly expensive so much so that it is beyond what anyone could pay. In fact, it’s not purchased with “perishable things, such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ” (I Peter 1:18, 19). You are not admitted to this Heavenly home because of what you have done, but only because of what Christ has done for you in bearing your sins, shedding His blood and giving His life upon the cross.
Homelessness now is a tragedy but homelessness in eternity is a mega tragedy.