Words of Jesus – Enter the Narrow Gate – Introduction

“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way. But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14 NLT)

At the risk of sounding like an intolerant person, I need to tell you that there is only One Way to the Kingdom of God. It’s not a two way street… There are not many ways… It’s not an easy road… It’s not a major highway or multi-laned interstate…

Jesus said, “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate… But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.” He also breaks it down for us, making it really clear that in order to get to this glorious kingdom, we’ll have to travel down a small narrow road.

I always think of The Road Not Taken, the great poem by Robert Frost when I read this passage.

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Jesus makes it absolutely clear to us that though there may be other roads, there is only One narrow way to the Father’s Kingdom. Yeshua said, “I AM the Way — and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6 CJB)

Brothers and sisters, every one of us has at some point in our lives come to a place where, “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,” and we’re each forced to make a choice. Will you travel the broad, open well-traveled highway? Remember, The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way. I know it seems so much easier and maybe it even appears safer to travel down the well-traveled road, but my friends, it isn’t.

You see, that road branches off into many other super highways, and you will be offered many choices, but don’t be fooled. Each one of those other roads, though well-traveled, ultimately lead to hell, and eternal separation from God and His Kingdom. Those seemingly well-lit highways will lead you to ultimate darkness and infinite loneliness.

Brothers and sisters, please choose to go a different way, down a much less traveled road. Yes, the pathway is rough and steep, and there will be many obstacles along the way, but be of good cheer! Though you will sometimes suffer loneliness as you travel this road, and though the way is not as well-lit as the highway to hell, continue on this less traveled, narrow road, because it will ultimately lead you to the Kingdom of God, where there you will enjoy the light of the Son, and all your tears will be wiped away.

Brothers and sisters, I close with the last stanza of Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken, and this is my prayer that each one who reads this post will join me in saying:

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

This was just a brief introduction to this passage (actually, it was all I was going to write about the topic at first, but I feel the Spirit leading me to go more in depth about it). Therefore, I devote another post to the narrow road, and yet another to the highway to hell,  followed by a final one summing up everything we’ve studied together.

© 2012
Cheryl A. Showers

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