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Only One Way In

 

November 23

 

Read Luke 13:22-30 (ESV)

He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem. And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you came from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ But he will say, ‘I tell you I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’ In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out. And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

 

Reflect

In popular Christian teaching today, is the primary message you hear consistent with the message Jesus taught about salvation?

 

In her book, Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side, author Natasha Crain quoted Oprah as saying, “I’m a free-thinking Christian who believes in my own way, but I don’t believe it’s the only way with 6 billion people on the planet.” Natasha pointed out that for many people, the exclusivity of the Gospel is a major stumbling block. Young people especially, do not want to be seen as narrow-minded, arrogant, exclusive, or intolerant. So they often end up rejecting Christianity or they redefine Christianity, as Oprah did, to be more inclusive.

 

But if we are going to call ourselves Christians, we shouldn’t follow what the world says Christianity is. We need to go back to the Bible to find out what Jesus Himself said. And it may not be what the world is wanting to hear.

 

In today’s verses, Jesus was traveling toward Jerusalem and on the way, he stopped in towns and villages to teach and preach. Someone asked Him if only a few people will be saved. But Jesus doesn’t answer with a specific quota. Instead, He encourages him to “enter through the narrow door” and He confirms that many will try to get in but they will not be able to.

 

So what is the narrow door? Last week, we discussed Jesus being the Good Shepherd. If you remember in John 10:9, Jesus said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.”

 

Jesus said something similar in Matthew 7:13-14: “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.” And in John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

 

Jesus consistently taught that He was the narrow door—the only way to the Father. But that still rubs many people the wrong way. They think, “Who is Jesus to tell us how to get to heaven?” Well, He is God! And I think God has the authority to tell people how to get to God. Furthermore, He has every right to decide how people get into His house. It’s His house!

 

Think about it. Most homeowners don’t care if people think they have a right to get into their house. People who want to come inside shouldn’t crawl over the back fence and wedge the patio door open. They shouldn’t break into the garage door or try to shimmy in through a window. If they want into the house, they should come to the front door so the owner can let them in. If we want in God’s house, the only way in is through the front door—Jesus.

 

Friends, this isn’t as exclusive as the world makes it seem. The warning to repent and the invitation to believe in Jesus Christ has gone out to everyone. Anyone is welcome to place saving faith in Jesus Christ. Anyone can receive the free gift of salvation. Right now, the door into the house is wide open. Anyone can come to Jesus to be saved. But we shouldn’t presume upon the grace of God forever. Jesus is the Master of His house and at some point, He is going to stand up and shut the door. All are welcome, but only a few accept the invitation. Have you come to Jesus yet? If not, I encourage you to not wait. The Door is open but He’s the only way. So don’t delay.

 

Pray

Jesus, thank You for providing a way of salvation for me. I know that You are the only way to the Father. I humbly come to You and submit my life to You. Amen.

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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9 days ago
Thank You Lord that You are the Way
10 days ago
One way Jesus. You are the way, the truth and the life
11 days ago
Lord Jesus, you are the Door through which I wish to enter on a daily basis. Help me to enter in so that whenever the door is shut, I shall be safe and in complete safety.
11 days ago
Amen! I have been reading 📚 and studying in the book of Revelation. The Master will rise & shut the door, we had best be prepared for the Day. Thank you for this devotion today, very thought provoking!
12 days ago
Through God's grace, may I be on that narrow path that leads to that narrow door.
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