The Pilgrim's Homecoming (16 of 16) by Jerry Vines

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The Pilgrim's Homecoming (16 of 16)
Series: There's Hope
Jerry Vines
I Peter 5:5-14
1/23/05

You may recall that in the early verses of I Peter, Peter talks about the Christian life in terms of a journey. In the second chapter, the eleventh verse, it says, "Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims." He calls believers, born again children of God, strangers and pilgrims.
You may recall in the first chapter in verse 17 that he closes out that verse by saying, "Pass the time of your sojourning," that is, your traveling, your journeying, "here in fear," that is, in respect or reference.
Life as a journey is not an unfamiliar picture. In literature it goes all the way back to Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey" where life is pictured as a journey, as on the way somewhere.
The Bible tells us that many of the saints of God have recognized the fact that their life was like a journey. You may recall that in the book of Hebrews, chapter 11, that we are told that the Old Testament saints looked at it that way. In Hebrews 11, verse 13, it says, "These all died in faith, not having received the promises but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth."
If you are a child of God, then you are a stranger here. That means that you really don't belong down here. If you are a Christian, the Bible teaches that you are a pilgrim. This is not your home. You are on your way home. That's why, sometimes, that you don't feel completely at ease here. You are aware of the fact that you are on a journey.
I heard about a boy marching in a parade, but he was constantly out of step. Then they discovered that he had an iPod in his pocket and he was marching to a different beat. The Christian is marching to a different beat.
On Sunday mornings when I was a boy our family used to have the "Old Time Gospel Hour" on. The "Old Time Gospel Hour" quartet would begin the radi ...


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