ARE YOU GOING TO THE REUNION?

ARE YOU GOING TO THE REUNION?

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Life is filled with reunions. I don’t know if you noticed it or not, but they are a part of our lives constantly. So many times, it seems like just when we have finished the last reunion, here comes the next one. It could be an invitation to the reunion of your high school class (A.K.A… an invitation to lose fifty pounds just to see a bunch of people you didn’t really like back then). Or maybe it is an invitation to a long-awaited family reunion (A.K.A… an invitation to have another one-of-a-kind T-shirt in the drawer you are not sure you’ll ever wear again). If you turn on the T.V. lately, sitcom after sitcom is having a reunion episode (A.K.A… another reminder of how old you are when you see how old the actors have gotten).

Don’t get me wrong. Reunions happen for a reason; they can produce a storytelling and memory-making atmosphere like no other. They evoke wonderful emotions that have been dormant for many years. However, before all the good usually comes this sense of panic. We let our minds race saying, “Who is coming? Who is skipping? What should I wear? What will they wear? Do you think they forgot about that thing I did? Do they think I’ve forgotten about that thing they did? Is it going to be as boring as last time? Oh man, is Uncle Jimbo going to be there?” Yet, no matter how many inner panics we have, whenever we hear someone ask, “Are you going to the reunion?” without hesitation, most of us reply with an excited “YES!” on the outside.

Are you going to THE reunion? No, I’m not asking about your high school one… or your college one… or your family one… I’m not asking about your favorite T.V. show’s. I’m talking about the only reunion that really matters. I’m talking about the reunion that takes place in the next life—the reunion of the saints. For the faithful in the Lord, you see, there is no real goodbye. There is coming a Day where we will be reunited with all those who have gone on before us. There is coming a Day when we will not only be reunited with the saints, we will also be reunited with our Father in Heaven. Are you going to this reunion?

This is not a reunion filled with dread or panic but one of absolute bliss. Where husbands are reunited with their wives… fathers and mothers are reunited with their children… children are reunited with their grandparents… and all are reunited with the LORD. Imagine the relief it will be to look around and know you made it to the reunion. Paul would say, “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

Can you imagine what it will be like to meet your favorite heroes from the Bible? To ask them all the questions you have pondered when studying their lives? What will it be like to walk up to the Apostle Paul, Abraham, David, or Moses and have a conversation? What will it be like to meet Mary, Esther, and Dorcas? All these will pale in comparison to what it must be like to look the Lord face to face and hear Him say, “Well done.” But, the greatest part about this reunion is that there is no end in sight. There is no parting at this reunion.

Many of us have faced the cruel reality of loss lately. It seems like heartache and trials are growing more and more. It gets easier and easier to forget about the reunion when this happens. To forget about that blessed Day when He will wipe away our tears and our pain. Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:1-3. I look forward to this Day more and more, and it is a reunion I definitely do not want to miss. It will be an atmosphere of storytelling and memory-making like no other. Are you going to THE reunion? I hope to see you there! I’ll probably still be the loud one you hear a mile away!

-Ben Hogan, Minister of Evangelism