Friday, December 1, 2017

Matthew 7:13-14 NIV 2011

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

 

Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount included Jesus’ differentiating the difference between a walk with Him or the world. John 10:7, “Therefore Jesus said again, ‘Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep,’” 9, “I am the gate, whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.” He illustrates people have two choices for living. The narrow gate leads into the kingdom of heaven. Most commentaries agree this is synonymous with life. Bottom line, “destruction” is separation from God, spending eternity in hell. Luke 13:24-30 expands upon Jesus’ words. Those who choose the Gate, choose eternal life.

 

Poked in the arm this morning by my sweet grandson, there was a choice to be made: ignore him as he might go away or gather him in my arms and drop him in bed with us. We face choices daily: do we buy a new car, washing machine or whatever else is in need or do we just make do. The same is true when faced with making the choice to follow Jesus. All that choose to follow Jesus receive the gift of eternal life.

 

Where will we spend eternity?

 

Choosing the Gate,

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