I listened to a really good sermon recording the other day by a Kirsten Waldschmidt and in it she made a reference to Jesus being a refugee. She was talking more in the context of Mary and Joseph fleeing Bethlehem with their baby to Egypt. However, I started to think about Jesus as the ultimate refugee himself. That really made me think about homesickness in a different way. She said, "Let your homesickness lead you home". As a missionary living far away from my homeland and the different places I've called my home, (California, Virginia, Edinburgh, Alberta) I can't help but chew on that for a while.
Jesus must have had the ultimate homesickness that none of us will ever imagine. He left his eternal home to live in our temporal one. He left God the Father to become man. He sacrificed everything that made him Deity in order to love us and invite us into his home. Jan Thomas says in her article, Jesus the Refugee, "This son of God was with the lowest of the low. He was a refugee by the calling of God-- worshipped by the wise foreigners, and the unclean shepherds, but not recognised by his own people."
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
I pray that as christians in the world, we can look at the refugee crisis in this light-keeping in mind that Christ himself had refugee status his whole life. I pray that if put into a situation with a stranger needing to be clothed, fed or welcomed in, that I would do it without grumbling or defending my personal rights. This is my prayer: That the homesickness we all feel this time of year would lead us home- to our true home-Jesus Christ. --Jodi