Strangers & Aliens

I am a resident alien in a foreign country. I came to the borders of my new homeland as a refugee from slavery and oppression. I fled from the City of Destruction, seeking a better life in a land ruled by a merciful and just King. I wanted to live in a land of opportunity, a kingdom of righteousness and equity, of blessing, prosperity and peace. I couldn’t find those things in the land of my birth, where I was conceived in unrighteousness (Psalm 51:5), born a child of disobedience and wrath (Ephesians 2:2-3), and lived as a slave to sin (John 8:34 & Romans 7:14).

I couldn’t gain access to my desired homeland based on my own merit (Titus 3:5). There was nothing about me that made me attractive to the Ruler of the glorious kingdom I sought to enter. There was no compelling reason for Him to allow me to immigrate. But there was a Prince in that country—the only Son of the King—who secured a place for me. He paid the high price required for my citizenship.

This majestic Prince left His beautiful country and came to my desert homeland. He set aside His royal robes and lived as a common man, a servant, a homeless vagabond, for over thirty years (Philippians 2:5-7). He told me what life was like in His homeland. He showed me how people there live and love, like no one I have ever seen here. He walked in authority and dignity, perfectly submitted to His Father, the King; yet He was humble, gentle, filled with concern and compassion for the lowliest among us.

After He had fulfilled His mission as a preacher to the poor, a healer to the sick and brokenhearted, a messenger to the captives and a comforter to those who mourn (Isaiah 61:1-2 & Luke 4:17-21), the Prince did an astounding thing. He appeared before the courts, standing in the place of every unworthy would-be immigrant, and accepted on our behalf the sentence of death and banishment from the presence of the King. He was executed and buried, wiping out with His death the record of my wrong-doing (2 Corinthians 5:19).

And then, wonder of wonders, He arose from death and lives now to open the gates of His homeland to all who will enter through Him! Jesus is the Door, the Gate (Matthew 7:13-14 & John 10:7). He’s the only Way to gain access to God the Father, the Ruler of heaven and earth (John 14:6).

He has made me His very own; He calls me His bride. His Father has assigned me as an ambassador of reconciliation to announce this wonderful opportunity to others who are living outside the realm of His goodness and grace (2 Corinthians 5:18 & 20). He wants the same for as many as will receive Him—to become children of God and beloved of Christ (John 1:12-13 & Ephesians 1:3-12).

Will you accept this invitation? Will you give up your citizenship to your country of origin and enter into allegiance with His? Will you renounce your deeds done in darkness and walk in the light of His love, instead (Ephesians 5:8-11)? Are you willing to live as a stranger and alien in this land, until you reach your heavenly home (Hebrews 11:13-16)? If you have not yet made this transaction, I pray you will do so. Those who trust in Him are never disappointed (Psalm 22:3-5 & Isaiah 49:23).