He went through one town and village after another, teaching and making his way to Jerusalem. “Lord,” someone asked him, “are only a few people going to be saved?”
He said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and won’t be able once the homeowner gets up and shuts the door. Then you will stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up for us!’ He will answer you, ‘I don’t know you or where you’re from.’ Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ But he will say, ‘I tell you, I don’t know you or where you’re from. Get away from me, all you evildoers!’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth in that place, when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves thrown out. They will come from east and west, from north and south, to share the banquet in the kingdom of God. Note this: Some who are last will be first, and some who are first will be last.” (CSB)
The question that today’s passage should cause all of us to ask ourselves is very simply this: Why is the right way so narrow?
The narrow road and narrow gate symbolizes the challenge presented by the way of the Kingdom. It is a road of suffering and self-denial, not the path taken by the majority.
Tomorrow’s Bible Readings:
Joshua 3-4, Luke 14:7-35, Psalm 80:1-19 and Proverbs 12:27-28