June 27, 2004
”Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Broadway! Ever hear of it?--All the great (and not so great) shows, in New York.
Most cities and towns, in our country, have a street called Broadway.
Matthew 7:13 tells us about a broad way. What can we learn about it?
First, we learn that it is part of a “map of life.”
Our tour guide, Jesus, Instructs us to begin our trip at the strait gate. This is because there is another bigger gate available (very popular). However, the people that choose it aren’t aware where it is leading (the road cracks off into a pit of destruction). Jesus doesn’t want that for us, so He leads us to the tougher course, which takes us to a permanently beautiful destination.
What is the strait gate Jesus is talking about?
In John 10:9, Jesus says: “I am the door: by me, if any men enter in, he shall be saved…” Jesus is the doorway to eternal life. We enter eternal life, through Him.
This may be a hard concept to get. How could you get to some place through a Person?
This is similar to “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know.” You may be given an interview with the President of the United States if you are a nuclear physicist. But you absolutely will, if you are his wife.
God loves each and every one of us and sent His Son, Jesus, to pay for all of our filthy sin. That way, through Jesus’ death and resurrection, if we choose Christ, our sins are cancelled. We are even given the incredible level of perfection of Christ: His righteousness is transferred to us!
This is the one and only door to God.
As we already saw, there are other “doors,” other ways that appear to lead to God. In fact, there are many, many other supposed gates or passageways, leading to God. Jesus clearly tells us that they aren’t it. Quite the opposite, they will leave you destroyed, in the end.
In John 14:6, Jesus says: “…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Here, we learn more detail. Not only is Jesus the only door to God, Jesus is also the pathway, once someone chooses Him and enters the straight and narrow way. What does this mean?
In Matthew 7:14, we read: “…narrow is the way, which leadeth to life, and few there be that find it.” If and when we choose Christ, turn to Him and rely on His work on the cross, solely, for our eternal salvation, then the path for the rest of our life is not willy-nilly; rather, it’s in faith and trust in Jesus, one day at a time. We come to God by faith and we walk with Him, thereafter, by faith.
Why does Jesus say that few find the narrow way?
Several people come to my mind when I think of an answer to this question. They are D.L. Moody, Billy Graham, Oswald Chambers and Emily Carmichael. Of course, there are others…the apostle Paul, Peter… These are people who not only chose the strait gate, Jesus Christ; they also walked the narrow way through life, with Him. I believe the distinguishing mark of their lives is that they took God to heart. Even more, they decided to put the reins of their lives, in God’s hands, and they didn’t take them back.