I love seeing welcome signs at border crossings between cities, counties and states. This one seems an especially inviting welcome with our name on it in Kent, England! I remember when our kids were small and we were back in the States for a year. We were used to crossing borders frequently in Europe so when we made a big deal about crossing a state line, our seven year old son asked, “Is this Portugal?”
Today’s verse is about crossing over the border from an earthly life into the eternal kingdom of God. I am not so sure there is a sign needed to mark that entrance! However, there will be a “rich welcome” for those who have placed their faith in the saving work of Jesus. A rich welcome must mean that no one enters quietly or unnoticed. Each entrance will be a celebrated home-coming and marked with a warm welcome. The Prodigal Son received a rich welcome when he returned to his Father’s house with his Father running out to greet him. He welcomes him with the best robe, a ring and sandals. And there is a feast and celebration all done to welcome him!
I wonder what was done to welcome my Mother into that eternal kingdom just last week. No way did she slip in unnoticed. Perhaps her “rich welcome” meant being greeted by her family and friends who arrived before her. But the richest welcome of all would be to be greeted and held in the warm embrace of the Savior!
“When He takes me by the hand, and leads me through the Promised Land, what a day, glorious day that will be!”