HOST: Ron House
He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem. And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’ In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out. And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”
“Lord, will those who are saved be few?” This question was asked of Jesus, most likely to test his allegiance to the Jewish nation. The “few” referred to is probably a reference to the Jews among the heathen nations of the world. In other words, “Are the Jews the only ones who will be saved?” Jesus’ response represents one of the most direct and straight-forward condemnations of the Jewish leaders recorded in the gospels. Salvation is not guaranteed based on one’s nationality or lineage but rather the path that one travels through life. The gate is narrow, and many will not find it. Many who feel deserving of salvation will be shut out and rejected. But those of any nation and background who find that narrow gate and walk with God through this life will have the blessed privilege of sitting down in the kingdom of heaven. What a wonderful and hopeful thought it is to consider that God has provided a way by which we can spend eternity with Him. May we strive to enter through that narrow gate!
What is the narrow gate Jesus refers to?
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