This post is Day 16 in a series of studies about “Doors & Gates”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Doors & Gates – Day 16
The people Jesus was talking to heard hard teachings in the synagogue, about what they must and must not do. His teaching brought a light relief with just the challenge of loving each other. That is the way to the narrow gate. But He never said it would be easy.
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.
This verse is almost a continuation of the message we read yesterday. Too often in life the “wide gate” or the “large door” appears to be the most interesting. But usually it isn’t, at least in the long run. Sadly too many people have discovered that too late in life. But it is never too late for Jesus. He is still standing by the narrow gate saying “this way, this way” and becoming sad when people don’t see Him, or don’t recognise Him.
The gates, both narrow and wide are a picture of the way to Heaven. We get to Heaven by believing in Jesus, who He was, who He is, and by following His instructions, and walking in His footsteps. Much of that is summed up in the verse preceding our verses for today:-
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:12)
The people Jesus was talking to heard hard teachings in the synagogue, about what they must and must not do, and Jesus’s teaching brought a light relief with just the challenge of loving each other. That’s the way to the narrow gate. But He never said it would be easy.
Pray today for help in loving anyone you find difficult.
Ask Jesus if you should be helping someone to find the narrow gate that leads to Heaven and a fulfilled life on earth. Pray for those who don’t see that Jesus is standing at the door we talked about yesterday.