Have you ever been to a family reunion? I remember some fun ones when I was a kid. We’d eat watermelon, play games, chase fireflies…lots of stuff. When you haven’t seen someone in a long time, it’s nice to get together again. You can talk about how different everybody looks. Or how everybody looks the same. You can hear grownups tell you how they held you when you were only “knee-high to a grasshopper”. If you think that sounds fun…or even funny…just wait till you see the best family reunion of all. You’re going, aren’t you? Not sure? Keep reading…
There’s a place in the Bible that says Jesus made sure we could all go to the best family reunion of all. Guess where that will be. If your guess was Heaven, you’re right! Here’s the best part…it’s all been paid for. It’s the most expensive get-together in the history of the universe. But Jesus already paid for it. So, all you need to do is show up. You ARE going…aren’t you? Still not sure?
OK, I gotta tell you why the best family reunion of all is so expensive. First, it takes place in Heaven. But you and I can’t even BE in Heaven the way we are. We’re like aliens to Heaven. We couldn’t live there in our alien bodies because they’d be vaporized by the powerful goodness of God. But, don’t worry. He knows it. And it’s why He sent Jesus to pay for the reunion. He knew only Jesus could afford it. And only Jesus could turn us from aliens into family.
Does Jesus perform some sort of magic trick to turn us from aliens into family? No. He did something much harder than magic. He allowed Himself to be made fun of, beaten up, and nailed to a rough, wooden cross. Then He gave His life so you and I could be part of His forever family in Heaven. There’s just one catch…
…you have to ask Him to forgive you and take you there. But if you do, He will. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you’ve done, what color your skin is, how much money you make, or anything else. Jesus loves you. He wants you there at the best family reunion of all. Now…what do you say? You’re going, aren’t you?
All you gotta do is ask Jesus into your heart. He’ll hear you and He’ll be there. Then you’ll have hope and you’ll know…forever life is in you. It can never be taken away by anybody because your faith is the God of faithfulness. Here’s a rhyme to help you remember…
You can be a part of the family.
God really really wants you to.
He saved a space in a special place
That can only be filled by you.