Tuesday 26 Sep 2017
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John 6:49 -50

Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.

 

The narrow and the wide door....

Luke 13:24 Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

We live in a world where the truth is daily being sacrificed on the podium of popular opinion. As a result people who ought to know and speak the truth are caught up in the trend and in order to make it to this podium, they often find themselves sacrificing the truth, it would have been better if they sacrifice their own weaknesses instead. One of the core truth which the so called modern faith has thrown aside is taught to us by no one else than our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us visit the passage for today and see the message it has for us. Three points scream at us for attention, the first one is the narrow door, the second is where this narrow door leads to and the third, those who could not enter.

 

Let us begin by looking at the second point first, this is the place where the narrow door leads to, it is the place described as the kingdom of God one which will eventually deliver its citizens to the place of rest called heaven....a place where man finally finds rest from all of his labour while here on earth and rest for his soul in eternity when his term here is completed. The truth is , this one place all of mankind seeks, whether consciously or unconsciously, whether they admit it or not. It is one quest that drives all men be they godly or ungodly, religious or not....the scripture makes it clear that God has placed a consciousness of heaven in the hearts of men.

 

Everywhere that man has found himself, everything about his civilisation is geared towards creating this place of perfect peace and transquility for himself. As a result his striving for essence and exce─║ence, his search for pleasure, his quest for riches and wealth, all is motivated by the quest to attain to the place of rest for his body and soul. It was this quest that brought Nicodemus to Jesus at night....and he was told that unless he is born again by the spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. But it is the reaction of the rich young man also from the scripture that would help us to define what is implied by the narrow door. He too came to Jesus, to ask how he can enter the kingdom of God, he was told what he needed to do, it called for a drastic change, he went away sorrowful because he was not ready for the change.

 

This brings us to the narrow door, we may be mistaken by the use of the word narrow to mean that the door was delibrately made narrow to keep people out. Far from it, the truth is God is a loving God and yes he does not want anyone to be destroyed, that is the reason why he has pointed out the door to all men, that is why he sent his son Jesus to die for the sins of all men. So why is the door described as narrow? The reason why the door is so described is because not many are willing to submit themselves to the way pointed out for them to follow.. that much we saw from the example of the rich young man. The path that leads into the kingdom is not a popular one, it is not popular to a world that God described as stiffnecked, stubborn, hardhearted and lost in their sinful ways. Like a sheep that has gone astray and like a stubborn dog that keeps refusing to hear the whistle of its owner, so did our Lord liken the people of the world.

 

The door is narrow because the one who needs salvation has refused to use it, does not acknowledge it and does not want it and would not use it. It is narrow because very few accept it and are willing to submit to it, while the majority reject it. Very few are willing to submit to the change of heart that is required in order to make it into the kingdom. But the pasage said many would seek and not be able to enter it? Well one would assume that they were looking for the door, which is not the message...they want to enter into the kingdom but through another door, a door that fits their whims and desires, we already established that the quest of mankind on earth is driven by the consciousness of heaven inside of him. They want to enter alright, but there is no other door outside of the one that has been pointed to them but which they have rejected just like the rich young man. The door is narrow because of the sheer size of those who reject it and the few who accept it.

 

This is the verdict: light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. - John 3:19.

 


 

The love of God made it as wide as possible, the perserverance of God would keep open for as long as possible, the grace of God would extend it to as many that reach out to it, so that on that final day and before the glorious throne of God , no man would say that God kept him or her out....it would solely be on the account of the choice which each one of us made when the opportunity to walk through the door was presented to us.

Home Teachings And Sermons The message The narrow and the wide door....
Hebrews 10:30-31
“For we know him who said, ?It is mine to avenge; I will repay,? and again, ?The Lord will judge his people.? It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

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