My wife returned home today! It was wonderful. I was so glad to see her. The house was quite dead without her. You'd think she'd been away for months; it was only three nights but it seemed longer. The stange thing is that I'm usually the one who spends time away from home when I am away preaching in other places.
When you are used to being with someone you really miss them when they are not about. It's not just what they say it's just that you miss their presence as well.
Jesus disciples felt like that when he told them he was going to leave them and go back to heaven. Little did they know, at that stage, that his route would be via death on a cross plus returning to life three days later. And to crown it all a month and ten days later they would see him rise from the Mount of Olives (just outside Jerusalem) and ascend back to heaven from where he had come thirty three years earlier.
They would miss him but they learned quickly that His comimg to Earth had been worthwhile. We need to ask the question - what did his life on Earth and his death on the cross achieve? Jesus explained it by saying that he had come that we 'might have life,' John 10:10. Paul one of the early preachers said that 'Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,' 1 Timothy 1:15. All in all the statement 'Christ died for our sins' seems to sum it up.
When you miss a loved one just remember God up gave up His Son so that we could have forgiveness and eternal life. It was a big sacrifice but worth it for every soul who trusts him.