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All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.
By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac. He who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only son, of whom he had been told, “It is through Isaac that descendants shall be named for you.” He considered the fact that God is able even to raise someone from the dead — and figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. By faith Isaac invoked blessings for the future on Jacob and Esau. By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, “bowing in worship over the top of his staff.” By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave instructions about his burial.
Goin' home, goin' home, I'm a goin' home;
Quiet-like, some still day, I'm jes' goin' home.
It's not far, jes' close by,
Through an open door;
Work all done, care laid by,
Goin' to fear no more.
Mother's there 'spectin' me,
Father's waitin' too;
Lots o' folks gather'd there,
All the friends I knew,
All the friends I knew.
Home, I'm goin' home!
Now these are the first lines to a wonderful Negro spiritual called “Goin’ Home.” And in it, the singer expresses his desire to leave this world and move on to the next. But that next world, the one to which God will lead him, isn’t some strangle, metaphysical reality. Rather, it’s home, a place where you don’t need to be afraid any more and where you get to see your parents and friends who’ve gone on ahead. You see, regardless of your life here on earth, this home is a calm and peaceful place, a place where you can find comfort and rest.
And like the vision of Abraham and Isaac, Jacob and Joseph, it can be seen through eyes of faith. You see, when we trust God and his promises, we can begin to put our world in proper perspective, recognizing that regardless of what happens, God is still in control and he’s leading us into a glorious future. As a matter of fact, even our understanding of our own mortality shifts, and death is no longer something to be feared. Rather, it’s just a transition form one life to the next. It’s just goin’ home.
Below is the great Paul Robeson singing the song: