Photo and Commentary ©2018 by Robert Howson
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
If your memory allows you to recall the 1980s, perhaps you’ll remember a brand name that was popular among a certain set called Members Only. The implication was that if you possessed a certain jacket or other item of clothing bearing this title, you were somehow or the other privy to special privileges or status becoming those who were allowed into that exclusive club. It probably served as an effective marketing gimmick to induce patrons to part with their cash so they too might join this club.
But try as I might, I was unable to figure out why this same title was attached to a barrier surrounding a worksite in Washington D.C. To my untrained eye, there was nothing particularly desirable about this square yard of real estate set aside to become the setting for a prospective base for a lamp post or some other functional object. I could understand wanting to protect the clumsy passerby from tripping over the construction site or even protecting the site itself, but why the sign? It’s not like crowds were pushing into that venue to get a seat under that prospective light post.
The Redeemed will be an exclusive club indeed. They will be those called by God to be part of that special group that is right with Him, those in total agreement with His plan and objectives. But it’s there the restriction ends, because that invitation has been given to all. And the cost of admission? The answer depends upon who you’re talking about. Are you referring to the Giver or the recipient? For the Giver, it cost everything; His own life. For the recipient – it’s a gift. Notice how Paul states this in Romans 4:16: “That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring – not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.” (ESV) And it seems unlikely there will be any need for a sign, none except for the one written on the palms of His hands.